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Undergraduate support funds

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 and bursaries offered by the College.

Student Finance Agencies - most Home and EU students apply for a fee loan from the Student Finance Agencies. Home students can also apply for a maintenance loan.

Cambridge Bursary Scheme - For home and EU 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.

Other sources of University funding - the University funding search tool CamFunds has an option to search for undergraduate funding

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 in receipt of a Cambridge Bursary will automatically be considered for additional support through this scheme so need not apply.


  • Lent Term - 28 January 2021 - awards will be paid into College Accounts towards the end of February.

  • Easter Term - 29 April 2021 (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.

Students classed as 'Home' for fee purposes are expected to have already taken out the maximum student loan to which they are entitled, if this is not the case, an explanation should be given.


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.

Goldman Sachs bursaries 

Fitzwilliam College will award up to five maintenance awards of £1,500 per year to Home and EU candidates who are admitted to the College in October. The awards are made in the Lent term (February) after admission.  They are based on financial need and are renewable annually taking academic achievement into consideration. No specific application is necessary; all applicants for Fitzwilliam College Maintenance Bursaries will be considered.

Student rent allowance scheme

Alongside the Fitzwilliam student rent review the College has developed a scheme that pays an allowance of £20 /night for up to 14 nights/academic year for students meeting all the criteria.  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 >>