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The eligibilty criteria and value of awards made is the same for EU and UK students.

All EU students are entitled to apply for a tuition fee loan from the UK Government.  Even if you do not wish to take up this offer of a loan you are still required to go through the application process in order to receive the Cambridge Bursary.

EU students must also apply through Student Finance England which you can do here.

As EU students would not normally undergo a means test as part of this process you must complete an EU16B form which will be sent to you by the Student Loans Company once you have completed your application for the tuition fee loan.


For EU students the process is as follows:

  • Apply for a tuition fee loan through Student Finance England here.

                 Note:  you cannot apply online for a tuition fee loan, you must download, print and complete the application on paper then return it as instructed on the form.

  • You will then be emailed a link to the EU16B form which you must print out, complete and return by post to SLC along with the requested documentation.
  • Your household income will then be assessed and if you meet the eligibility criteria and your College approves the bursary you'll be notified.

EU students are only income assessed once at the start of their course (for academic year 2016/17 all EU students have to undergo an income assessment as this is the first year in which the Student Loans Company has carried out income assessments on behalf of the University for Cambridge Bursaries but you will only have to do this once).

New EU students will need to set up a UK bank account as soon as possible so that the Student Loans Company can make the bursary payments. You may only be able to do this after you have arrived in the UK but as soon as you have set up an account, you must send your bank details to SLC straight away otherwise payments will be delayed.