Undergraduate support funds

The Colleges of the University of Cambridge are committed to the principle that no student should be deterred from studying for an undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge by financial considerations. There are many sources of support available including Government-funded student loans and bursaries, University bursaries and bursaries offered by the College.

UK Government support

Student Finance Agencies - most Home and EU students apply for a fee loan from the Student Finance Agencies. Home students can also apply for a maintenance loan.


University bursary schemes

Cambridge Bursary Scheme - For home and EU students from families with lower incomes. Automatic assessment is via the Student Finance Agencies.

Bell, Abbott and Barnes Fund - For all students facing unforeseen financial difficulties

University funding for International Students - There are a few full scholarships available to pay the cost of your course, but most support is a partial contribution and is means-tested.

Other sources of University funding - the University funding search tool CamFunds has an option to search for undergraduate funding


College bursary schemes

Thanks to the generosity of alumni of the College, and other donors, the College can award bursaries to students according to individual circumstances.


Fitzwilliam College maintenance bursary 

The College offers maintenance bursaries to students based on their individual circumstances, to help cover living costs. All students are eligible, regardless of fee status. Those in receipt of a Cambridge Bursary award are also eligible and are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadlines

  • Lent Term - 30 January 2017
  • Easter Term - 24 April 2017 (The Easter term round is only for those whose circumstances have changed substantially and unexpectedly since the Lent term round.)

Students classed as 'Home' for fee purposes are expected to have already taken out the maximum student loan to which they are entitled and to have applied for a Cambridge Bursary. If this is not the case, an explanation should be given.

Applications

The application form is now closed.

The process is fully automated for both you and your tutor. Please therefore give as much information as possible about your financial position. UK students should also forward a copy of the Final Student Finance Notification form to the Head of the Tutorial Office.

Awards are made by the Tutorial Committee on the recommendation of the Senior Tutor, to a maximum of £750 per year.

Funds

Thanks to the generosity of alumni of the College, and other donors, the College can award bursaries to students according to individual circumstances to help cover living costs.  Please see a list of available Undergraduate Maintenance Funds. Specific funds do not need to be quoted on the application form.


Goldman Sachs bursaries 

Fitzwilliam College will award up to five maintenance awards of £1500 per year to Home and EU candidates of outstanding promise, who are admitted to the College in October. The awards are made in the Lent term (February) after admission and are renewable annually. No specific application is necessary; all applicants for Fitzwilliam College Maintenance Bursaries will be considered.


Undergraduate vacation rent allowance scheme

The College has developed this scheme to support those who wish to stay in Cambridge for study purposes, during the vacation period.  It was developed alongside the Fitzwilliam student rent review (2014) and is funded from the Members Accommodation Account and from the Student Opportunities Fund.

An allowance of £10 /night for up to 14 nights/academic year may be paid to students meeting the following criteria. 

  • Undergraduate students in all years on all forms of rent agreement
  • All Home, EU and Overseas students
  • Nights of residence are outside the standard 29 week residence period [LINK to Residence period dates]
  • Residence is in College accommodation
  • Have made a successful application for College Maintenance Bursary in the Lent term and/or Easter term.

There is no need to Apply

  • The Accommodation Officer will pass on to the Head of Tutorial the names of those who are eligible for the payment
  • Awards will be processed by the Head of Tutorial in January (for those on C contract) and in April/May (for those on A and B contact).