Financial support

Undergraduate students at King's have access to numerous sources of financial support. Some awards are available only to students with a home fee status, others to students with an overseas fee status.

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. There is also some means-tested support for outstanding students from the EU and overseas.

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

If you are an EU student, please see the updated information in the grey box here.

Government loans for tuition fees (home fee status)

  • Please see the government financial support page on the Cambridge Admissions website.
  • This is not means-tested. You can take out a government loan and defer payment until after you've left university and are earning a specified minimum salary.

Cambridge Bursaries (home fee status)

  • The Cambridge Bursary is to ensure that home students studying for a first degree can meet the cost of their Cambridge education, regardless of background. Please see the Cambridge Bursaries page on the Cambridge Admissions website.
  • You do not have to repay a Cambridge Bursary.

Government loans for living costs (UK students)

  • Please see the information about loans for living costs, as well as the pages for students from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland on the Cambridge Admissions website.
  • You can take out a government loan and defer payment until after you've left university and are earning a specified minimum salary.

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

  • The College offers a range of competitive studentships of typically £2,000 - £3,000 p.a. 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 Trust Scholarships (Overseas students)

  • The Cambridge Trust provides mainly part-scholarships to undergraduate students at Cambridge who are from outside the European Union.
  • 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. This is done by consultation with your Tutor, who will then make a recommendation of what support might be available.

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)

  • UK disabled students may be eligible for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).
  • EU and overseas disabled students will need to contact the disability resource centre: .
  • Further sources of financial support for disabled undergraduates are listed on the Disability Resource Centre website.

Further information

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