University Core Bursary

About the Core Bursary

The Core Bursary offers financial support to students from lower income backgrounds during their time at university. 

You don't have to apply for the Core Bursary as eligibility is automatically determined based on your Student Finance assessment. The bursary is paid directly to your bank account in three instalments across the academic year. Unlike a student loan, the bursary is non-repayable and can be spent on anything you like to help you while you study. 

The amount you receive and the eligibility criteria for the bursary can differ based on your start date. For current students looking for specific details of their bursaries, please see the information below.

If you have any questions about this bursary or your eligibility, please contact us.

Are you eligible?

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Household income between £0-£35,000 as assessed by Student Finance
 
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Hold UK home fee status and be liable for the tuition fee set in 2022/23
 
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Registered on an undergraduate, PGCE, GEN or GEM course at Nottingham
 
 

 

Eligibility criteria explained

If you are a current student at the University of Nottingham, please find the specific details of your bursary based on your start year below. 

To be eligible for the Core Bursary in the 2022/23 academic year, you must:

  • have a household income between £0-£35,000, as assessed by Student Finance
  • have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
  • be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/Graduate Entry Nursing/Graduate Entry Medicine) at Nottingham which you commenced in 2022/23.
  • have UK home status for funding purposes
  • be liable for the tuition fee set in 2022/23

Part-time students - The University offers financial support through the Core Bursary on a pro-rata basis for new part-time undergraduate students in 2022. You will need to have a means-tested assessment carried out by Student Finance (SF) in order for us to assess your eligibility for the bursary. Your award will depend on your household income taken from the SF assessment and the number of credits you are taking. Further information can be found on our web page 'Funding for part-time undergraduates'.

 

How to claim your bursary

You don't have to apply for the Core Bursary. We conduct automatic assessments using Student Finance data and applicant data to determine which students are eligible. 

If you are eligible, confirmation of the bursary will be shown in the awards section of the Nottingham Hub by the end of October and you will receive the bursary payment directly to the bank account registered on the Nottingham Hub. The bursary is paid in three instalments over the academic year, typically in November, January and May (although this may vary year on year).

If you believe you are eligible, but the award is not showing in the Nottingham Hub by the end of October, please contact us.

Core bursary assessment procedure explained 

 

What happens if my eligibility changes?

We conduct several automatic assessments throughout the academic year, including a final assessment at the closing date.

If your household income has decreased to meet the bursary criteria during a reassessment, you will be entitled to receive the Core Bursary from that point onwards, or to receive a larger award if applicable.

If your household income has increased above the threshold during a reassessment, you will not receive any more bursary payments. However, we will not ask you to repay any previous payments to this point unless your income was assessed incorrectly. 

Bursary information by academic year

The amount of funding our students receive from the Core Bursary, and the eligibility criteria, can change year on year. To find out how much funding you're entitled to receive and whether you're eligible, click on your start date below.

Prospective students starting in September 2023

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria 

    • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/GEN/GEM) at Nottingham which you commenced in 2023/24.
    • Have UK home status for funding purposes
    • Be liable for the tuition fee set in 2023/24
    • Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
    • Have a household income between £0-£35,000, as assessed by Student Finance

Part-time students - The University offers financial support through the Core Bursary on a pro-rata basis for new part-time undergraduate students in 2023. You will need to have a means-tested assessment carried out by Student Finance (SF) in order for us to assess your eligibility for the bursary. Your award will depend on your household income taken from the SF assessment and the number of credits you are taking. Further information can be found on our web page 'Funding for part-time undergraduates'.

5th year Medic Students - Medical students in the clinical phase of their studies will also be eligible for the Core Bursary until 2024/25.

 
New students starting September 2022

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria 

    • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/GEN/GEM) at Nottingham which you commenced in 2022/23.
    • Have UK home status for funding purposes
    • Be liable for the tuition fee set in 2022/23
    • Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
    • Have a household income between £0-£35,000, as assessed by Student Finance
Part-time students - The University offers financial support through the Core Bursary on a pro-rata basis for new part-time undergraduate students in 2022. You will need to have a means-tested assessment carried out by Student Finance (SF) in order for us to assess your eligibility for the bursary. Your award will depend on your household income taken from the SF assessment and the number of credits you are taking. Further information can be found on our web page 'Funding for part-time undergraduates'.
 
Continuing students who started in September 2020 - September 2021 

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria 

    • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/GEN) at Nottingham which you commenced in 2020/21 onwards.
    • Have UK home status for funding purposes
    • Be liable for the tuition fee set in 2022/23
    • Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
    • Have a household income between £0-£35,000, as assessed by Student Finance

Part-time students - The University offers financial support through the Core Bursary on a pro-rata basis for new part-time undergraduate students in 2022. You will need to have a means-tested assessment carried out by Student Finance (SF) in order for us to assess your eligibility for the bursary. Your award will depend on your household income taken from the SF assessment and the number of credits you are taking. Further information can be found on our web page 'Funding for part-time undergraduates'.

 
Continuing students who started in September 2018 - September 2019

Bursary value: Up to £2000 depending on household income

Core Bursary Awards
Household income (as calculated by Student Finance)Amount of bursary
£0 - £25,000 £2,000
£25,001 - £35,000 £1,000

 

Eligibility criteria

  • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/GEM) at Nottingham which you commenced in the 2018/19 or 19/20 academic year.
  • Have UK home status for funding purposes
  • Not be on course/year of study primarily funded by the NHS
  • Be liable in 2022/23 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

 

 
Continuing students who started in September 2016 - September 2017

Bursary value: Up to £2000 depending on household income

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

 

Eligibility criteria

  • 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 2022/23 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

 

 
Continuing students who started in September 2012 - September 2015

Bursary value: Up to £3000 depending on household income

Core Bursary Awards
Household income (as calculated by Student Finance)Amount of bursary
up to £15,000 £3,000
£15,001 - £25,000 £2,000
£25,001 - £35,000 £1,000
£35,001 - £42,600 £750

 

Eligibility criteria

    • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course at Nottingham (which you began between September 2012 and September 2015).
    • Have UK home status for funding purposes.
    • Be liable for the 2022/23 tuition fee relevant to your year of entry.
    • Be eligibile for and have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance.
    • Have a household income between £0-£42,600, as assessed by Student Finance.
 

 

 More funding options

Students who are eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary may also be eligible for other types of funding.

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Nottingham Potential Bursary

For UK students with personal backgrounds or circumstances that may have impacted their academic potential

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Care Experienced and Estranged Bursary

For undergraduate students who have been in care or are estranged from their guardian(s).

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The Stoneygate Award

For academically able students who face or have overcome personal barriers to attend university.

 

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