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Guaranteed Bursaries 2022/23 (for continuing students who started their course at The University of Nottingham between September 2012 and September 2015)

The University of Nottingham is providing a generous package of bursaries to support full time undergraduate home* students from lower-income families who commensed their study between September 2012 and September 2015. Unfortunately, students whose courses remain funded by the NHS are not eligible for these University bursaries (with the exception of the Nottingham Potential Bursary for Care Leavers)**.

University Core Bursary 

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

Bursaries of between £750 - £3,000 are being offered to undergraduate students who commenced their course between September 2012 and September 2015 and are liable for the 2022/23 tuition fee relevant to their entry year.

To be eligible you must:

  • 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 eligbile 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.

The University will begin to assess students for the Core Bursary from September 2022, providing you have been assessed by Student Finance and have completed the online University registration process.  Assessments will close on Friday 9th June 2022. Please see this link for more details of how to receive your bursary.

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 £3,000
£15,001 - £25,000 £2,000
£25,001 - £35,000 £1,000
£35,001 - £42,600 £750


Social Work students (with the exception of 2012 entrants, who received an automatic NHS Bursary) will be assessed for a core bursary.

Nottingham Potential Bursary

A Nottingham Potential Bursary provides an additional £1,000 a year for full-time students 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 £42,600.
  • Students with a household income figure of 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 eligbile 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.

Please note that if you have previously applied for the Nottingham Potential Bursary and been successful, there is no need to reapply in subsequent academic years.  Your award will then be processed automatically and will appear in the Financial Aid section of your MyNottingham Portal. If no award details are showing by the end of October, please email us at

If you have not received the award before, but believe you are eligible, applications will open on 26th September 2022

The deadline for applications is 9th June 2023.  This fund is designed to support students during the academic period therefore any applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

*Your student finance company (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 the student finance company for further information.

**Students studying Medicine prior to September 2022, are eligible for the bursaries during years of study in which they are funded by Student Finance. This means they are not eligible for the Core Bursary or Nottingham Potential Bursary in the years in which they are primarily NHS-funded (currently year 5 or years 5 and 6 in the case of those doing a medicine with a foundation year). Exceptions - Nottingham Potential Bursary for Care Leavers or summer school attendees.

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

Please refer to our Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement - for anyone who makes an application for funding from the Funding & Financial Support Team.

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