The Colleges of the University of Cambridge are committed to the principle that no student should be deterred from studying for an undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge by financial considerations. There are many sources of support available including:
- Government-funded student loans and bursaries;
- University bursaries;
- Bursaries offered by the College.
For a full list of these supports, see this document.
Cambridge Bursary Scheme - For UK undergraduate students from families with lower incomes. Automatic assessment is via the Student Finance Agencies.
Bell, Abbott and Barnes Fund - For all students facing unforeseen financial difficulties
University funding for International Students - There are a few full scholarships available to pay the cost of your course, but most support is a partial contribution and is means-tested.
Special Hardship Fund - is available for students who are intermitting and have no other available financial support, or who have incurred UK hotel quarantine costs in travelling to Cambridge to commence/continue their studies which has put them into financial hardship.
Fitzwilliam College Maintenance Bursary
The College offers maintenance bursaries of up to £1,000 annually to undergraduates based on their individual circumstances, to help cover living costs. All students are eligible, regardless of fee status.
Those who matriculated in October 2020 and earlier, and who are in receipt of a Cambridge Bursary will automatically be considered for additional support through this scheme so no separate application is required.
For those who matriculate from October 2021, the additional funding previously distributed via the Top-Up Bursary and College Maintenance Bursary schemes is incorporated within the enhanced Cambridge Bursary Scheme. However, any student experiencing unanticipated financial difficulty will be eligible to apply for a Maintenance Bursary.
Students classed as 'Home' for fee purposes are expected to have already taken out the maximum student loan to which they are entitled.
Lent Term - 28 January 2022 - awards will be paid into College Accounts towards the end of February.
Easter Term - 29 April 2022 (The Easter term round is only for those whose circumstances have changed substantially and unexpectedly since the Lent term round). Awards will be paid into College Accounts towards the end of May.
The Application form will be opened each December for the Lent Term round and each March for the Easter Term round (closing dates as above).
Please use this application form. (Raven login required).
Any application should be first discussed with your tutor, who will be invited to comment on the application.
** Please note: Recipients of Fitzwilliam College Maintenance Bursaries are additionally offered a contribution towards the cost of up to 14 nights of accommodation in College during the vacations, regardless of their room contract (though availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed unless covered by your contract). For more information see Student Rent Allowance Scheme below.**
Please see a list of available Undergraduate Maintenance Funds. Specific funds do not need to be quoted on the application form.
Student Rent Allowance Scheme
All undergraduates in receipt of a Cambridge Bursary Award or a Fitzwilliam College Maintenance Bursary will be eligible for a Rent Allowance of £20 per night for residence in the College during Christmas and Easter Vacations, outside the standard 29 week residence period, up to an annual total of 14 nights. The scheme is funded from the Members Accommodation Account and the Student Opportunities Fund with the aim of supporting students studying in Cambridge on reduced incomes.
There is no need to apply. More information >>