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Undergraduate Study


The University and Colleges are committed to the principle that no suitably qualified Home fee status student should be deterred from applying to Cambridge by their financial circumstances. Therefore, an extensive programme of financial support - including non-repayable Cambridge Bursaries - is offered to help our students meet the cost of their Cambridge education, regardless of background.

Cambridge Bursary Scheme

An enhanced version of our Cambridge Bursary Scheme will be available to eligible students joining the University from October 2021. The Cambridge Bursary Scheme offers Home fee status students1 non-repayable Bursaries to help with living costs. These Bursaries are offered in addition to any government financial support you might receive. 

The value of each Bursary is dependent on household income. Bursaries of up to £3,500 per year will be given to students with a household income of up to £62,215. The amount you are eligible for is tapered, so that those with a lower household income receive more.

  • If your household income is £25,000 per year or less, you're eligible for the maximum Bursary, currently £3,500 per year.
  • Those at the top end of the household income scale will receive £100.
  • Further enhanced awards are available to all students who are classed as independent by their regional funding body. This includes students who have been in local authority care or who are estranged from their families, and students who are over 25, married or have children.
  • The Scheme includes an additional £1,000 per year for all low-income students who qualified for free school meals.

There's no limit to the number of Bursaries available.

You're automatically considered for a Cambridge Bursary if you're financially assessed by your student finance authority, so you don't need to apply separately.

See the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for more information.

1 Applies to students studying for their first undergraduate degree.

Faculty awards and grants

Some faculties and departments may offer funds, grants and/or prizes for students to in recognition of academic achievement. Where available, details of such awards can be found on the relevant faculty/department website.

College awards

Additional sources of funding may be available from your College, such as:

  • book and equipment grants to help with specific study-related costs
  • scholarships and prizes for academic or other achievements
  • travel grants for academic work and personal enrichment
  • grants and loans to help deal with unforeseen financial difficulties
  • supplementary bursaries for living-costs/maintenance

Information on these funds is available from College websites below or by contacting the College directly.