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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

The Cambridge Bursary Scheme offers Home fee status students1 non-repayable Bursaries of up to £10,500 over three years or £14,000 over four years.2

The value of each Bursary is dependent on household income.

  • If your household income is £25,000 per year or less, you're eligible for the maximum non-repayable Cambridge Bursary, currently £3,500 per year.
  • If your household income is between £25,001 and £42,620 per year, you're eligible for a partial non-repayable Cambridge Bursary.
  • A higher Bursary (currently £5,600 per year) is available to mature students or care leavers with household incomes of £25,000 per year or less, who are also deemed as independent students by the Student Loans Company (SLC).
  • Independent students who have a household income between £25,001 and £42,620 are also eligible for an enhanced award on a sliding scale, dependent on their income.

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.

See the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for more information.

1 Applies to students studying for their first undergraduate degree.

 2 Details are correct for 2020-21. Please see the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for full information, eligibility and updates regarding awards in 2021-22 onwards. 

Stormzy Scholarship for Black UK Students

Two scholarships were available to UK black students commencing study at Cambridge in autumn 2020, made possible by the generous support of Stormzy. The awards will cover tuition fees and a significant contribution towards living costs for up to four years of an undergraduate degree course. For more information, see the Stormzy Scholarship webpage.

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.