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Nottingham Potential Bursary

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

Applications for 2023/24 are now open.

The Nottingham Potential Bursary provides a £1,000 award per academic year to support students from lower income backgrounds whose personal circumstances may have impacted access to higher education.

This bursary requires an application once you start university to assess your eligibility. However, there are an unlimited number of places, meaning all applicants that meet eligibility criteria will receive the funding.

If you receive the bursary, you do not have to pay it back after you graduate and you can spend the money in any way you like to support your studies. Payments are made directly to the student's bank account, typically in three instalments over the academic year.

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.

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 receive the Nottingham Potential Bursary in 2023/24 academic year, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) - we will require a copy of your certificate or transcript. Students on the PGCE, GEN or GEM courses would not be eligible for the bursary on this element of the criteria.
  • Students with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent children or adults - we will require a copy of your 2023/24 Student Finance letter showing you to be in receipt of either Childcare Grant, Parents Learning allowance or Adult Dependants Grant
  • Students who have fulfilled specified conditions through participation in the University's Nottingham Potential or Sutton Trust Summer Schools hosted by the university or other eligible activities (including attendance on a minimum of 6 Ambition Nottingham: 16-18 sessions (Tier 1 students only) or 8 Nottingham Pathways to Law or Medicine sessions). Students who attended 16 hours of IntoUniversity sessions (outside of in-school sessions in year 12 or 13. At least 4 of the contact hours need to be in year 13. 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 on the PGCE, GEN or GEM courses would not be eligible for the bursary on this element of the criteria.

Plus all of the following criteria:

  • Have first joined the university in September 2023
  • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/Graduate Entry Nursing/Graduate Entry Medicine) 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
  • Not have studied for an undergraduate degree before starting your current course
  • Not be in receipt of a Maycock-Whileman Scholarship or an Alumni Scholarship
  • PGCE/Graduate Entry Nursing/Graduate Entry Medicine students are only eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of having dependants.

Part-time students - The Nottingham Potential Bursary provides additional support 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) as well as meeting one of the criteria above in order for us to assess your eligibility for this bursary. Your award amount will depend on the number of credits you're taking. You can find out more about funding for part-time undergraduate students on our website

How to claim your bursary

You will need to apply for this bursary so we can assess your eligibility against the criteria. 

Applications for 2023/24 are now open.

 You cannot apply for the bursary until you are registered as a student at the University of Nottingham.

You only need to apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary once. If you are a continuing student that has already received the bursary, you will be automatically reassessed each academic year.

Once you have been accepted to receive the bursary, most students will be automatically paid in three termly instalments across the academic year. The only exception is if you're awarded due to attending a summer school then the award is paid in one lump sum at the start of the academic year.

What happens if my eligibility changes?

If your household income decreases during your time at university and this is reflected in your student finance assessment, you can apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary at any time before the application deadline in June.

If you don't apply for the bursary in your first year, or miss the deadline for that academic year, bursary payments will not be backdated, however, you will receive payments for the following academic year, if you are assessed as eligible. 

If your household income increases during your studies, you will stop receiving the bursary after the reassessment period at the start of each academic year. You will not have to pay back any bursary payments you've received until this point unless you were assessed incorrectly.

Bursary information by academic year

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be joining the university for the first time in September 2024
  • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/GEN/GEM) at Nottingham which you commenced in 2024/25
  • Have UK home status for funding purposes
  • Be liable for the tuition fee set in 2024/25
  • Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student FinanceNot have studied for an undergraduate degree before starting your current course.
  • Not be in receipt of a Maycock-Whileman Scholarship or an Alumni Scholarship award
  • PGCE/Graduate Entry Nursing/Graduate Entry Medicine students are only eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of having dependants.

PLUS one or more of the following:

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) - we will require a copy of your certificate or transcript
  • Students with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent children or adults - we will require a copy of your 2024/25 Student Finance letter showing you to be in receipt of either Childcare Grant, Parents Learning allowance or Adult Dependants Grant
  • Students who have fulfilled specified conditions through participation in the University's Nottingham Potential or Sutton Trust Summer Schools hosted by the university or other eligible activities (including attendance on a minimum of 8 Ambition Nottingham: 16-18 sessions (Tier 1 students only) or 8 Nottingham Pathways to Law/Medicine 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

Part-time students - The Nottingham Potential Bursary provides additional support on a pro-rata basis for new part-time undergraduate students in 2024. You will need to have a means-tested assessment carried out by Student Finance (SF) as well as meeting one of the criteria above in order for us to assess your eligibility for this bursary. Your award amount will depend on the number of credits you're taking. You can find out more about funding for part-time undergraduate students on our website

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have first joined the university in September 2023
  • 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 FinanceNot have studied for an undergraduate degree before starting your current course.
  • Not be in receipt of a Maycock-Whileman Scholarship or an Alumni Scholarship award
  • PGCE/Graduate Entry Nursing/Graduate Entry Medicine students are only eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of having dependants.

PLUS one or more of the following:

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) - we will require a copy of your certificate or transcript
  • Students with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent children or adults - we will require a copy of your 2023/24 Student Finance letter showing you to be in receipt of either Childcare Grant, Parents Learning allowance or Adult Dependants Grant
  • Students who have fulfilled specified conditions through participation in the University's Nottingham Potential or Sutton Trust Summer Schools hosted by the university or other eligible activities (including attendance on a minimum of 8 Ambition Nottingham: 16-18 sessions (Tier 1 students only) or 8 Nottingham Pathways to Law/Medicine 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

Part-time students - The Nottingham Potential Bursary provides additional support 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) as well as meeting one of the criteria above in order for us to assess your eligibility for this bursary. Your award amount will depend on the number of credits you're taking. You can find out more about funding for part-time undergraduate students on our website

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria:

  • First joined the University of Nottingham between September 2020 and September 2022
  • Be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree course (or PGCE/GEN/ 1st year GEM) at Nottingham which you started in 2020/21 onwards
  • 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
  • Not have studied for an undergraduate degree before starting your current course
  • Not be in receipt of a Maycock-Whileman Scholarship PGCE/Graduate Entry Nursing/1st year Graduate Entry Medicine students are only eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of being a Care leaver or having dependants.

PLUS one or more of the following:

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) - we will require a copy of your certificate or transcript
  • Students with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent children or adults - we will require a copy of your 2023/24 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 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 hosted by the University or other eligible activities (including attendance on a minimum of 6 Ambition Nottingham: 16-18 sessions (Tier 1 students only) or 8 Pathways to Law/Medicine 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.

Part-time students - The Nottingham Potential Bursary provides additional support 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) as well as meeting one of the criteria above in order for us to assess your eligibility for this bursary. Your award amount will depend on the number of credits you're taking. You can find out more about funding for part-time undergraduate students on our website

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria:

  • First joined the University of Nottingham between September 2018 and September 2019
  • 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
  • Be liable in 2023/24 for the tuition fee relevant to your year of entry
  • Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
  • PGCE/1st-year Graduate Entry Medicine students are only eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of being a Care leaver or having dependants.

PLUS one or more of the following:

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) - we will require a copy of your certificate or transcript
  • Students with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent children or adults - we will require a copy of your 2023/24 Student Finance letter showing you to be in receipt of either Childcare Grant, Parents Learning allowance or Adult Dependants Grant. NHS-funded students are eligible to receive the Nottingham Potential Bursary for Dependents
  • 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 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 hosted by the University or other eligible 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 Nottingham Potential Bursary and a Maycock-Whileman Scholarship.

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria:

  • First joined the University of Nottingham between September 2016 and September 2017
  • 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
  • Be liable in 2023/24 for the tuition fee relevant to your year of entry
  • Have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
  • PGCE/1st-year Graduate Entry Medicine students are only eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of being a Care leaver or having dependants.

PLUS one or more of the following

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) - we will require a copy of your certificate or transcript
  • Students with a household income up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent children or adults - we will require a copy of your 2023/24 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 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 hosted by the University or other eligible 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 Nottingham Potential Bursary and a Maycock-Whileman Scholarship.

Bursary value: £1000 per academic year

Eligibility criteria:

  • First joined the University of Nottingham between September 2012 and September 2015
  • 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 2023/24 tuition fee relevant to your year of entry
  • Be eligible for and have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance
  • PGCE/1st year Graduate Entry Medicine students are only eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of being a Care leaver or having dependants.

PLUS one or more of the following:

  • Entering via an Access route or with vocational qualifications (at further education level) and with a household income figure of up to £42,600
  • Students with a household income up to £42,600 with financially dependent children or adults
  • Students under the age of 25 years at the start of the course who are currently or have been in public care for a minimum time period of three months (please note that you can still apply for the Nottingham Potential Bursary for Care Leavers even if in receipt of NHS funding)
  • Students who have fulfilled specified conditions through participation in the University's Nottingham Potential or Sutton Trust Summer Schools hosted by the University or other eligible 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