Cambridge financial support
The University and Colleges are committed to the principle that no suitably qualified UK/EU student should be deterred by their financial circumstances from applying to Cambridge, and that no publicly funded UK/EU student should have to leave because of financial difficulties.
Therefore, we offer an extensive programme of financial support to ensure our students can meet the cost of their Cambridge education, regardless of background.
Through the National Scholarship Programme (NSP), new undergraduates from particularly disadvantaged backgrounds who come from England or non-UK EU countries1 are eligible to apply for a £6,000 fee waiver in their first year of study.
These awards are made jointly by the government and the University of Cambridge.
There are two ways in which you may be considered for the NSP fee waiver.
1. You are guaranteed a NSP award if you belong to a household whose total residual income is £25,000 per year or less, and if you also satisfy one of the following criteria:
- you've spent more than three months in care
- you're a lone parent
- you received free school meals whilst at school
2. Even if you don't meet one of the above criteria, if your household's residual income is less than £25,000 per year, you may still apply and we encourage you to do so – we anticipate that students from households with a residual income of less than £20,000 in particular still have a good chance of being awarded a fee waiver.
How many Scholarships are available at Cambridge?
There will be 264 awards available to students who begin their course at the University in October 2013.
Because the NSP depends on funding from the government, the number and value of Scholarships may change in future years. Please also note that because the number of NSP awards is limited by the government, being eligible to apply for a NSP award does not guarantee you will receive one.
How do I apply for a Scholarship?
All applicants from England and non-UK EU countries1 who receive an offer to study at Cambridge will be invited by their College to apply for a Scholarship. For the majority of offer holders, information will be sent in January 2013.
Any offer holder who wishes to be considered for a Scholarship should complete the NSP Application Form and then submit the requested supporting documents to their College by 16 September 2013. Where the documents are not provided or do not meet the stated requirement, the application will not be considered.
The information provided will be used solely for the purpose of assessing eligibility for a Scholarship and will not be shared with any party not involved in this assessment process. Colleges will promptly notify applicants whether they have been awarded a Scholarship or not and will make the necessary arrangements to reduce the tuition fees of those students who are awarded a Scholarship. The decisions of the NSP selection panel are final.NSP Application Form > >
Do I need to advise the Student Loans Company about my NSP application?
No. However, if you apply for a NSP award it is essential that you also apply to the Student Loans Company for the full Tuition Fee Loan that you require. If you are an English student you must also apply for the full means-tested financial support for living costs (the government Maintenance Loan and Grant) in order to provide information about residual household income, whilst non-UK EU students must also apply for the Cambridge European Bursary. You are not obliged to accept the entire loan offered if you do not wish to do so.
If you are successful in securing a Scholarship, the University will make arrangements for your Tuition Fee Loan to be reduced accordingly.
1Please note that students from England are eligible for the National Scholarship Programme. Students who are normally resident in the EU outside the UK are also eligible to apply. However, the government guidance is that students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not currently eligible for the Programme.
The Cambridge Bursary Scheme offers UK and EU students non-repayable Bursaries of up to £10,500 over three years or £14,000 over four years to help with living costs. The value of each Bursary is dependent on household income, with the maximum award in 2013-14 being £3,500.
- Students with a household income of £25,000 per year or less are eligible for the maximum non-repayable Cambridge Bursary of £3,500 per year.
- Students with a household income of between £25,001 and £42,611 per year are eligible for a partial non-repayable Cambridge Bursary.
- A higher Bursary of £5,600 per year is available to UK mature students with family incomes of £25,000 per year or less who are also resident in Cambridge throughout the year.
- There’s no limit to the number of Bursaries available - every eligible student who applies will receive one.
The Cambridge Bursary Scheme also provides European Bursaries to help EU students meet their living costs.
See the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for more information about the Bursaries.
College awards and grants
Your College may offer additional sources of funding for specific costs or to help in particular circumstances.
Faculty awards and grants
Some faculties and departments may offer funds, grants and/or prizes for undergraduate students to help with course-related costs or in recognition of academic achievement. Where available, details of such awards are available on the relevant faculties’/departments’ websites.