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The University of Cambridge offers bursaries to Home/EU Undergraduate Students to help them meet the the cost of their Cambridge education.

The Basics

If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student with a household income of below £42,620 then you are likely to be eligible for a Cambridge Bursary of up to £3,500 per year.

The Cambridge Bursary is an annual gift, it is not a loan and it does not need to be repaid.

You must apply for Government Student Finance and be assessed but you do not need to take out a student loan to receive the Cambridge Bursary.

As long as you are assessed as eligible for UK Government funding (by your regional funding body) you will be assessed for a Cambridge Bursary, whether or not you take out a student loan.

Provided your eligibility does not change, you could receive it for every year of your course, whatever its length.  This also applies to students who are taking longer to complete their course due to disability or for medical reasons.

The Cambridge Bursary is in addition to any loan for maintenance or tuition fees which you receive from the UK government.

Most UK students do not need to apply separately for the Cambridge Bursary, you will be automatically assessed by the Student Loans Company as part of your application for student Finance from the UK Government.

The Cambridge Bursary is not available for overseas students.  For further information on what funding may be available for overseas undergraduates please see the finance section of the International Students website.

EU students will continue to be eligible for the Cambridge Bursary in academic year 2020-21.

All figures correct for academic year 2019-20 but are subject to review for 2021 entry (however no amount will be lower than its current level).


If you're worried about meeting the costs of coming to Cambridge, in addition to the Cambridge Bursary you might be able to get extra support from your College.

Look at the website of the College to which you've been accepted or talk to the Financial Tutor, they often have other sources of financial support available and can give you guidance on costs. 

Collegiate Cambridge is committed to no one being prevented from studying here because of finances.