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Financial support

Undergraduate students at King's have access to numerous sources of financial support. Eligibility for support is determined by country of residence. Some awards are available only to UK and EU students, others to overseas students.

Both Cambridge and King's College are committed to the principle that no qualified UK applicant should be deterred from studying at Cambridge by financial circumstances. We also offer means-tested support to outstanding students from the EU and overseas.

For 2014/15 entry, UK students with annual household incomes of up to £25,000 will, for each year of their course, qualify for a Cambridge bursary of £3,500, a government grant of £3,387, and a government loan towards living costs of £3,862 (a total of £10,749).

UK undergraduates with household incomes of up to £42,620 will qualify for progressively reduced levels of grant support (government loans are available to higher income households).

For EU undergraduates who demonstrate equivalent financial circumstances and outstanding academic merit, King’s will offer up to ten awards to supplement the Cambridge Bursary at a level that matches the financial support available to UK undergraduates in government grants and loans.

Overseas candidates are eligible to apply for financial support from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust. King’s offers additional overseas studentships based on financial need and academic excellence.

See below for further details of all sources of financial support available at King’s.

Government loans for tuition fees (UK and EU students)

  • UK and EU tuition fees will not need to be paid up front. Students will be able to pay their fees through government loans that are repaid after graduation, and only once a graduate earns more than £21,000 per year (the government will decide on equivalent amounts in the local currency for students who work outside of the UK after graduation).
  • Like income tax, repayments will be tied to income, not to interest rates. They will amount to 9% of any income above £21,000, and any outstanding debt will be forgiven after 30 years.
  • You may wish to consult the further details published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Martin Lewis has produced a very useful set of 20 key facts.

Cambridge Bursaries (UK and EU students)

  • Up to £3,500 per year depending on household income.
  • You do not need to repay this bursary.
  • Please see further information on the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website.

Government grants for living costs (Students resident in England only)

  • Up to £3,387 depending on household income.
  • You do not need to repay this grant.
  • Please see further details published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Government loans for living costs (Students resident in England only)

  • Up to £5,555 depending on household income and any government grant support.
  • Repayable like the tuition fee loan.
  • Please see further details published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

King's International Studentships (Students resident in the EU or overseas only)

  • The College offers a range of competitive studentships to support candidates from EU and overseas countries.
  • All awards are based on academic excellence as well as on financial need. Awards will be made to help support fees and maintenance costs for the duration of a student's course.
  • Please refer to further details of the international studentships open to all EU and overseas applicants.

Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust Bursaries (Overseas students)

  • The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust provides part scholarships of £7,000 per year to undergraduate students at Cambridge who are from outside the European Union. A small number of full-cost scholarships, in conjunction with funding partners, for students of certain nationalities are also offered.
  • Cambridge Trust website

College hardship fund (all students)

  • Any current student at King's who is experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties can apply to the College's hardship funds. Applications are made through the Tutorial Office.

Other College support (all students)

  • The College offers generous support for foreign travel during the vacations as well as a number of competitive prizes. College prizes include the Rylands Art Prize, the James Essay Prize, the Derek Cornwell Scholarships for musical instrumentalists, the Tilley Translation Prize, the Susie Gautier-Smith Prize for drama, and the John Rose Prize for the best explanation of a scientific principle.

Cambridge disability support (disabled students)

Further information

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