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Household income

Student Awards Agency for Scotland only offer financial support for household incomes up to £34,000. Let us know if yours is between £34,000 and £62,215. The University resolves these cases individually to arrange a bursary wherever possible.

Email the Cambridge Bursary Administrator

Pension Contributions

As a Scottish student your bursary entitlement may be calculated by Student Awards Agency for Scotland as comparatively lower than other UK students. This is because they do not deduct pension contributions from household income when calculating student finance eligibility.

We compensate any student who has been affected by this by awarding the missing amount of Bursary separately.

Apply for a Bursary top up

Every year, please send evidence of each parent’s pension contributions made in the previous tax year, so that we can check if you have missed out on any bursary and award it to you. This could be wage slips that show pension contributions, a statement from their pension scheme provider, or any other official documentation which shows the value of pension contributions either of them made.

If you've already completed some years of your course, send in evidence for all previous years, back to the academic year 2016 to 2017. We will award you the top up for all your previous years.

Pension contribution period dates
Academic year Tax year Pension contribution period
2017 to 2018 2015 to 2016 6 April 2015 to 5 April 2016
2018 to 2019 2016 to 2017 6 April 2016 to 5 April 2017
2019 to 2020 2017 to 2018 6 April 2017 to 5 April 2018
2020 to 2021 2018 to 2019 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019
2021 to 2022 2019 to 2020 6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020
2022 to 2023 2020 to 2021 6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021
2023 to 2024 2021 to 2022 6 April 2021 to 5 April 2022
2024 to 2025 2022 to 2023 6 April 2022 to 5 April 2023

Send your evidence with a brief note explaining that you wish to be considered for the pension related bursary top up to by email or post. We’ll get in touch to let you know we’ve received it and to tell you how long it will take to process, and then to let you know the result and how we calculated it.

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