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Guaranteed Bursaries 2022/23 (for continuing students who commenced their study from September 2018 to August 2020)

The University of Nottingham will provide a generous package of bursaries to support full time undergraduate home* students from lower-income families who are entered the University in September 2018 to August 2020.

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.

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 commenced their course at the University of Nottingham in September 2018 to August 2020 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/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

The University will begin to assess students for the Core Bursary from 26th September 2022, providing you have been assessed by Student Finance and have completed the online University registration process.  Assessments will close on Friday 23rd June 2023Please 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
£0 - £25,000 £2,000
£25,001 - £35,000 £1,000


Exceptional courses

Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, and Dietetics (2018 entry) students who are eligible for means-tested student loans and who are not primarily funded by the NHS are eligible to receive the Core Bursary. These students are also eligible to receive a Nottingham Potential Bursary (see below) if they meet the relevant criteria.

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

As well as undergraduate students, eligible PGCE students can receive 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 2022/23 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 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 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.

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.

Please note that is 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 for the 2022/23 Core and Nottingham Potential Bursaries will be 23 June 2023.

*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.

**From September 2022, clinical medical (normally students in their fifth and sixth years) and GEM students (years two to four) who receive a NHS bursary will now be eligible for the Core Bursary and the Nottingham Potential Bursary on the grounds of having been in public care, having dependents or Summer School attendees (if applicable). To be able to receive the bursaries, these students must request to 'means-testing for bursary purposes only' from their Student Finance agency or regional equivalent (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland).

Note: All references to household income refer to the figure which is calculated 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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