Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that this information is only for students starting University in 2014, who are subject to the new funding arrangements from 2012 and beyond.

How do I apply for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary?

In order to be eligible to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or bursary by the University you must apply to be financially assessed by your regional funding agency. You and your parents/sponsors must also give consent to share household income information with the University in your application for student finance. once your financial assessment is complete, you will automatically be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary. There is no separate application process for Oxford support.

When must my student finance application be complete so that I can be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary?

The University recommends that students apply to their regional funding agency as early as possible to ensure that their completed financial assessment and funding is in place before the start of the academic year, thus allowing you to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or bursary at the start of the academic year. Regional funding agencies usually open applications from January onwards each year.

Deadlines apply within the academic year, so it is recommended that your financial assessment is completed before the start of the academic year.

When will I hear about whether I have been awarded a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary for 2014/15?

Letters will be issued to eligible students at the start of the academic year 2014/15.

Can I benefit from a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary if I haven’t applied for student finance?

In order to be considered by the University for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary you must be financially assessed by your regional funding agency. The University uses the household income figure calculated during this process to assess students for support from Oxford.

If I receive a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary in my first year, will I continue to receive one in subsequent years?

Your entitlement to a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary will be reassessed by the University annually dependent upon your household income assessment for that year. In the case of EU students, who do not have an annual assessment, Oxford support will be based upon the latest financial assessment completed.

I believe I am eligible for a tuition fee reduction; do I apply for the full £9,000 tuition fee loan?

All students who do not intend to pay any of the tuition fee upfront must apply for a tuition fee loan for the full £9,000 and the University will automatically apply any tuition fee reduction you may be eligible for to your loan, as well as notify the Student Loans Company on your behalf.

Should I consider paying my tuition fees up front without taking out a loan?

Unfortunately the University is unable to provide any specific advice regarding whether or not it would be beneficial to pay tuition fees upfront instead of taking out a tuition fee loan.  However the amount you repay is not affected by how much you have borrowed but by what you earn after completing or leaving your course.

For more information on repayments, please visit our dedicated repayments webpage.

When must I start repaying the loans I have taken out?

English and Welsh students: repayments are 9% of any salary you earn over £21,000, but you don't need to pay anything until you are earning £21,000 and have left your course. You will also not need to start repaying anything until April 2016 at the earliest.

Northern Irish and Scottish students: repayments are 9% of any salary you earn over £16,365, and start from the April after you graduate or leave your course.

EU students: regulations regarding repayment of loans are different for each EU country. Visit Student Finance Services Non UK Team for more information.

For more information on repayment arrangements and interest applied, please visit our dedicated repayments webpage.

I have heard about the Moritz-Heyman scholarships for UK undergraduates; where can I find out more?

For more information, please visit the dedicated Moritz-Heyman scholarship profile page  for new students.

I think I might be an eligible student for the National Scholarship Programme and wondered how I apply?

The National Scholarship Programme is a government initiative designed to assist students from the lowest income households with the costs of entering University. In 2014-15 the University and Colleges are using our National Scholarship Programme allocation, as well as matching this funding with our own resources, towards tuition fee reductions for students from household with incomes of £16,000 or less. Students eligible for this will automatically be nominated and no separate application is necessary.

I am a student with EU status and would like to know whether I am eligible to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary?

EU students are eligible to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary provided they submit an application to the Student Finance Services Non UK Team. Following receipt of this application, the Student Finance Services Non UK Team will issue a bursary application form which will request evidence of the student's household income. This financial assessment will be used to assess students for Oxford support.

There is no requirement for students to take out a tuition fee loan. However they must follow the above process in order for Oxford to be able to assess them for financial support.

I am an international student and would like to know whether I am eligible to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary?

Unfortunately students with overseas fee status are not eligible to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or bursary.

I would like to know what support is available to me; however I am unsure of my fee status. Can you advise?

Your eligibility for support from the University will be dependent on whether you are classed as a ‘Home/EU’ or ‘Overseas’ student for fees purposes.

For more information on your fee status, please visit our dedicated webpage.

I will be studying at Oxford as a part-time student. Will I be eligible to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction and/or a bursary?

Part time Home undergraduate students will be able to access a tuition fee loan in 2014/15. However you will not be eligible to be assessed for a tuition fee reduction or a bursary from Oxford.

How do I obtain further information?

If your questions are not answered above please email student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk.