Financial support for undergraduates

We want to make it as affordable as possible for as many people with the ability to do so, to benefit from a university education. That's why we have put together a range of financial support measures.

University bursaries for 2017/2018 new entrants

In 2017/2018, the University will be offering up to 350 bursaries in order to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the costs of their higher education studies.

Students awarded a bursary will receive discounted residential accommodation or support with the costs of food or other institutional services to the value of £800 and a bursary of £200 paid into their bank account in year 1 of their studies.

In years 2 and 3 students will receive discounted residential accommodation or support with the costs of food or other institutional services to the value of £400 and a bursary paid into their bank account of £100.

In each year of study, part time students awarded a bursary will receive a pro rata fee waiver.

Eligibility criteria 2017/2018

The University will make bursary awards to students with the lowest declared levels of household incomes and who are drawn from a household postal code within 13,000 most deprived super output areas (based on the Index of Multiple Deprivation)

You are not eligible for an award if you are:

  • ordinarily resident in Scotland or Wales
  • NHS funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools
  • continuing from one course to another (for example, from a Foundation Degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree)
  • transferring in from another institution
  • undertaking a postgraduate qualification
  • studying less than 25 per cent intensity of the full-time equivalent
  • having tuition fees paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement
  • on a placement sandwich year
  • a Staffordshire University student studying at a partner college.

Do I need to apply?

There is no application process for full time students. All you have to do is apply for both a place on your course at Staffordshire University and for student finance through Student Finance England and we will use that information to determine your eligibility. If you are entitled to an award we will contact you in due course.

If you are a part time student you will need to complete an application form. This will be available once you have started your course by emailing

It is important to note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not mean an automatic entitlement to a scholarship and/or other University financial support. All payments will be subject to satisfactory engagement and/or attendance and progress by the student.

Support for Sport through TeamStaffs Elite

If you're serious about sport and play at county level or above, you could apply for a Team Staffs Sports Scholarship. You'll have the chance to represent the university all over the country and receive a support package worth around £6,000 a year, including:

  • free use of University and Stoke-on-Trent council sports facilities
  • sports therapy treatment
  • sports science performance testing
  • full training kit
  • a personal mentor.

More about TeamStaffs Elite