Guaranteed Bursaries 2017/18

Applications for the University Core Bursary and the Nottingham Potential Bursary will open at the start of the 2017/18 academic year (September 2017).

The University of Nottingham will provide a generous package of bursaries to support full time undergraduate home* students from lower-income families who are entering the University in September 2016 onwards.

University Core Bursary

Nottingham Potential Bursary


University Core Bursary 

Around a third of our undergraduate students are likely to be eligible for our Core Bursary, which offers up to £2,000 for each year of undergraduate study.

Please see thresholds and award levels below, if you have any questions about your entitlement please email us at

Bursaries of up to £2,000 are being offered to undergraduate students who commence their course at the University of Nottingham in September 2016 onwards and are liable for the relevant tuition fee.

To be eligible for this Core Bursary scheme you must:

  • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/ 1st year GEM) at Nottingham which you commenced in the 2016/17 or 2017/18 academic year.
  • Have UK home* status for funding purposes
  • Not be on course/year of study primarily funded by the NHS
  • Be liable in 2017/18 for the tuition fee relevant to your year of entry
  • Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
  • Have a household income between £0-£35,000, as assessed by Student Finance

Your eligibility for the Core Bursary will be indicated in the student Portal, once we have access to your household income assessment from Student Finance. You will then need to advise your bank details for payment of the Core Bursary award within the Bursary application channel - apart from the courses listed below. Please check the link below for payment information.

Students liable for the pre 2012 tuition fee are not eligible for this scheme, please see 'I started my course prior to September 2012'.

The table below shows the breakdown of Core Bursary awards: 

Core Bursary Awards
Household income (as calculated by Student Finance)Amount of bursary
up to £15,000 £2,000
£15,001 - £25,000 £1,500
£25,001 - £35,000 £1,000


Exceptional courses

Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, and Dietetics (2017/18 entry) students who are eligible for means-tested student loans and who are not primarily funded by the NHS are eligible to apply for the Core Bursary. These students are also eligible to apply for a Nottingham Potential Bursary (see below) if they meet the relevant criteria.

Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) students (in their first year of study only) and PGCE students are also eligible to apply for the Core Bursary.

RIBA Part 2 Architecture (K10I and K10X) are eligible to apply for one of our Core Bursary schemes (which scheme depends on fee liability and year of entry to the University of Nottingham).

If you are on one of the above courses you will need to apply for the Core Bursary via this online form after you have fully registered on your course in September 2017 or January 2018 for January starter cohorts.

As well as undergraduate students, PGCE and GEM students can apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary if they have dependants, and meet the other criteria (please see below).


Nottingham Potential Bursary

A Nottingham Potential Bursary provides an additional £1,000 a year to home students registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course who meet at least one of the following criteria::

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income figure of up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) - we will require a copy of your certificate or transcript
  • Students with a household income figure of up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent children or adults - we will require a copy of your 2017/18 Student Finance letter showing you to be in receipt of either Childcare Grant, Parents Learning allowance or Adult Dependants Grant
  • Students who are currently or have been in public care for a minimum time period of three months and are under the age of 25 years at the start of their course  (please note that you can still apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary for Care Leavers even if in receipt of NHS funding)- we will require a copy of a an official letter from your local authority confirming your care arrangements
  • Students who have fulfilled specified conditions through participation in the University's Nottingham Potential or Sutton Trust Summer Schools or activities (including attendance on a minimum of 6 Post-16 Ambition Nottingham sessions or 8 Pathways to Law/STEM sessions). There is no need to apply for the award if eligible on this basis. NHS funded students are eligible to receive the Nottingham Potential Bursary for summer school attendees.

Students with Refugee Status can apply to the Maycock Whileman Scholarship - we will require a copy of an official letter confirming your status. A student cannot receive both a Nottingam Potential Bursary and a Maycock-Whielman Scholarship.

Download a printable application form.

Online application form

The deadline for applications for Core and Nottingham Potential Bursaries will be 22 June 2018, this fund is designed to support students during the academic period therefore any applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.


*Student Finance (i.e. Student Finance England, Wales, Northern Ireland or SAAS) will decide your residency status. To be classed as a ‘Home’ student you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period prior to the start of your course. Students granted refugee status and European migrant workers may also be eligible. If you are unsure of your status contact Student Finance for further information.

Note: All references to household income refer to the figure which is calulated by Student Finance when a student applies to them for means-tested funding.