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The ECF is now closed for 2022 entry. If there is additional supporting information you need to make your College aware of, please contact them directly. The form will open for 2023 entry in September 2022. 

The Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) is designed to ensure that all Colleges of the University of Cambridge have the information they require to accurately assess applicants who have experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage*.

It helps Admissions Tutors by providing, first, context against which they can judge the academic record of an applicant, and, secondly, information useful in assessing an applicant’s performance at interview. 

For 2023 entry, the form must arrive by 22 October 2022 if the information is to be considered when Colleges are deciding which applicants to call for interview. Forms received thereafter will be considered as part of post-interview decision-making and should be sent at the earliest opportunity. 

The ECF should normally be completed and submitted by the applicant's school/college. Please note, in those cases where the applicant's school/college remains unaware of the full circumstances, the applicant’s doctor or social worker may complete the form on the applicant's behalf. 

When completing the ECF on behalf of an applicant, you will need to select the College to which the applicant has applied. Where the applicant has applied to an unspecified College, select 'Open Application' and if you don't know which College the applicant has applied to, select 'Unknown'. 


Do not use this form for COVID-19-related educational disruption, which should be declared by the applicant on the Additional Applicant Information Form (AAIF) that will be provided to them.

Submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form

This form will be available for 2023 entry in September 2022.