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Cambridge Bursary payments are going ahead as normal.  If you receive a 20-21 Cambridge Bursary you will still receive it, even if your living arrangements have changed for that term.

If your household income has dropped recently, please see the dedicated page (from the menu on the left) which gives futher guidance on getting an income reassessment from your funding body.

The University of Cambridge offers bursaries to UK based undergraduate students to help them meet the the cost of their Cambridge education.


The Basics

If you are a UK undergraduate student, or have settled or pre-settled status in the UK, and have 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, including EU students without settled or pre-settled status.  For further information on what funding may be available for overseas undergraduates please see the finance section of the International Students website.

All figures correct for academic year 2020-21.


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.