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In order to compensate you for any bursary you might have lost out on due to your parents' pension contributions we need to see evidence of the contributions made.

We will then check to see if you did miss out on any bursary and if you did we will award you the difference between what you should have got and what you did get in one lump sum (it won't be split into three instalments like the rest of your bursary is).

You'll need to send evidence of pension contributions every year so that we can administer the top up every year.

If you've already completed some years of your course you can send in evidence for all previous years (going back to academic year 2016-17) and we will award you the top up for all of your previous years.

As your assessment is based on earnings in prior tax years, we need to see evidence of pension contributions in those years, i.e. the tax year on which your SAAS assessment was based for each academic year you have completed.  These are as follows:

Academic Year Tax Year Pension Contributions Made
2017-18 2015-16 6th April 2015 to 5th April 2016
2018-19 2016-17 6th April 2016 to 5th April 2017
2019-20 2017-18 6th April 2017 to 5th April 2018
2020-21 2018-19 6th April 2018 to 5th April 2019
2021-22 2019-20 6th April 2019 to 5th April 2020
2022-23 2020-21 6th April 2020 to 5th April 2021

You should send in a copy of any official documentation which shows the value of pension contributions made for each parent who made them, such as wage slips (if they show pension contributions) or a statement from your pension scheme provider.

Please email your evidence to:

or, if you'd prefer to post copies, please send them, along with a brief note explaining that you wish to be considered for the pension related bursary top up to:


Cambridge Bursary Scheme

Student Funding Team

Student Services Centre

New Museums Site




We will acknowledge recipt of your evidence and let you know how long it will take to process any top up awarded.  Once the assessment has been done we'll let you know the outcome and how we calculated any award made.