Financial support

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 of up to £1000 annually to undergraduates 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 will automatically receive additional support through this scheme and need not apply.


  • Lent Term - 28 January 2019
  • Easter Term - 29 April 2019 (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.


The application period is now open

However, this should be first discussed with your tutor, who will be invited to comment on the application.

** Please note: Recipients of Fitzwilliam College Maintenance Bursaries are additionally offered a contribution towards the cost of up to 14 nights of accommodation in College during the vacations, regardless of their room contract (though availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed unless covered by your contract). For more information see Undergraduate Vacation Rent Allowance Scheme below.**

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.  They are based on financial need and are renewable annually taking academic achievement into consideration. 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 Christmas or Easter vacation periods.  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 £20 /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 
  • 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 Tutorial Office the names of those who are eligible for the payment.  
  • Awards will be processed by the Tutorial Office in April/May each year.  The final deadline is the end of each academic year.
Fees and funding