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Bursaries and fee reductions FAQs

Find information on when and how to apply for an Oxford Bursary and tuition fee reduction.

If you are a Home (UK) or EU undergraduate from a lower-income household, you will be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary to help with living costs and an annual Oxford Tuition Fee Reduction to reduce your overall tuition fee payable, dependent on your year of entry.

How do I apply for an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction?

There is no application form to receive an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction. To be assessed for a bursary and/or tuition fee reduction by the University, you must first apply for UK government funding and ensure that you are financially assessed by your regional funding agency. You and any sponsors/parents must also agree to share your household income with the University. Provided that you have had your household income calculated by your funding agency and have consented to share this with us, you will automatically be assessed for an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction.

Please check the eligibility information to see if you are eligible to be assessed for an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction.

When will I hear about whether I have been awarded an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction?

Letters will be issued to eligible students on a rolling basis from the beginning of September onwards. Letters are sent to the address you have registered with the Student Loans Company.

When and how will I receive my Oxford Bursary?

Provided all the required information is available to the University by the start of term, bursary payments will be made to the bank account you have nominated to the Student Loans Company to receive your maintenance support. Payments will be made in the following weeks:

  • Week 4, Michaelmas term
  • Week 2, Hilary term
  • Week 2, Trinity term

EU students will need to hold a UK bank account in order to receive the bursary, and should register their account details with the Student Loans Company.

Bursaries are approved throughout the academic year on a rolling basis until the deadline of 30 May 2017.

When is the deadline for bursaries and/or tuition fee reductions to be awarded?

The deadline for the awarding of bursaries is 30 May 2017. No matter at what point during the year up to this deadline the award is made, it will be made for the whole year, for example, if a student is awarded £3,000 they will receive this amount whether their award is made in Michaelmas, Hilary or Trinity term; only the number of instalments will differ.

The deadline for tuition fee reduction approvals is 20 December 2016.

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 to allow them to be assessed for an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction in advance of the deadlines.

How do I ensure that permission is given for my household income information to be shared with the University?

If you are using the online application for government funding, there is a section with boxes for you and your sponsor(s) to indicate their permission to share your household income with the University.

On the paper application for government funding both you and any sponsor(s) must sign the relevant section; it is important to note that if you have more than one sponsor the permission of both must be given.

If you believe either you or your sponsors/parents did not give permission you must contact the Student Loans Company (SLC) to rectify this on 0300 100 0612. Please note, both you and any sponsors will need to contact the SLC separately to give your consent to share your household income information.

If you are a Scottish student the process of giving consent to share your household income information is more complicated and you will need to contact Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) directly on 0300 555 0505.

Why have I not received an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction when I believe my finalised household income assessment makes me eligible?

If you have not heard from us but have received notification from your funding agency that you have been financially assessed by them, the most likely reason is that the University does not have permission to access your household income data held by the Student Loans Company (SLC). Permission must be given by you and any sponsors for this data to be made available to the University.

If you believe you have not done this you should contact the SLC on 0300 100 0612 and indicate that you wish for this information to be shared with the University and you should also check that your sponsor(s) has given permission. Each sponsor must individually give permission, for example, if both parents are listed on the form they must both individually give permission for the data to be shared before the University can see it.

If you are a Scottish student the process of giving consent to share your household income information is more complicated and you will need to contact Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) directly on 0300 555 0505.

If you believe you and all your sponsors have given consent to share this information, please email Fees and Funding with your Customer Reference Number so that the University can check your record.

I have received a second letter regarding my Oxford Bursary and the amount has changed; why is this?

The University aims to pay students their Oxford Bursary as soon as is possible. In order to do this we may award bursaries while your household income assessment is provisional. If your household income is reassessed or changed on finalisation, your Oxford Bursary will be changed to reflect this. However you will not be asked to repay an overpayment unless it has been received fraudulently.

How can I receive my Oxford Bursary during my year abroad?

Students studying on their year abroad or undertaking a full year Erasmus work placement are eligible to access means tested support from the UK government and will therefore be assessed for an Oxford Bursary on the same basis as Oxford-based students.

If you require any clarification on your eligibility for support while on your year abroad or Erasmus work placement, please email the Erasmus Team.

How do I ensure I continue to receive my Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction while at Oxford?

In order to be assessed for an Oxford Bursary and/or tuition fee reduction, Home students must be financially assessed for each year of their course through Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. You will be able to complete your application for funding for the next academic year online early in the new calendar year. A reminder should be issued by your awarding body that the form needs to be completed however it is your responsibility to ensure your funding application is completed, whether or not this reminder is received. You should aim to complete your application in good time for the new academic year to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. We recommend that you complete your application during the Easter vacation or in line with the deadlines given by the awarding body, whichever is earlier.

You must also ensure you register with the University at the start of each academic year. No bursary and/or tuition fee reduction can be awarded to a student until they have confirmed their attendance at the University.

EU students are financially assessed once at the start of their course, and the household income assessment remains in place for the duration of the course. EU students whose household income changes significantly during their course and who wish to be reassessed should contact Fees and Funding for further advice on their status.

If you are an EU student who was not financially assessed in your first year and now wish to have an assessment by the Student Finance Services Non UK Team, please email the Oxford financial support team.

My household income has reduced during the academic year; how can I be reassessed?

Student finance for the academic year 2016/17 is usually based on household income in the tax year 2014/15. Home students can request to be assessed on the current tax year if their household sustains a significant drop in income. Please note if you intend to request a current year assessment you must first give your 2014/15 tax year information as part of your student finance application to demonstrate the drop in income.

English and Welsh students whose household income has dropped by at least 15% should complete a Current Year Income Assessment form available from Student Finance England/Wales.

Scottish students whose household income has dropped by at least 15% should complete an Estimated Household Income Form (AB36est) available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Northern Irish students whose household income has dropped by at least 5% should complete a Current Year Income Assessment form available from Student Finance Northern Ireland.

EU students are financially assessed once at the start of their course, and the household income assessment remains in place for the duration of the course. EU students whose household income changes significantly during their course and who wish to be reassessed should contact Fees and Funding for further information.

If you are an EU student who was not financially assessed in your first year and now wish to receive a financial assessment, please email the Oxford financial support team.

I am a student with EU status and would like to know whether I am eligible to be assessed for Oxford financial support?

EU students who started their course from 2012 are eligible to be assessed for Oxford financial support provided they have applied for a tuition fee loan and been financially assessed by the Student Finance Services Non UK Team. After applying for a tuition fee loan, students are invited to complete a financial assessment if they wish to be considered for Oxford support. The deadline for tuition fee reduction approvals is 20 December 2016 and the deadline for bursary approvals is 30 May 2017. Your financial assessment must be completed prior to these deadlines in order to be assessed for this support.

EU students do not have an annual household income assessment, and Oxford financial support for continuing EU students will be based upon the latest financial assessment completed. If an EU student wishes to have their household income reassessed after their first year, they must email the Oxford financial support team to request this.

Can I benefit from Oxford financial support if I haven’t applied for student finance?

In order to be considered by the University for Oxford financial support you must be financially assessed by your regional funding agency, and give consent to share your household income information with the University.

Do I need to notify the Student Loans Company that I have received a tuition fee reduction from Oxford?

No; the University will automatically apply any tuition fee reduction you may be eligible for as well as notify the Student Loans Company on your behalf. The Student Loans Company will then adjust the amount of the loan you have taken out and will send you a letter informing you of the adjustment.

My loan amount still hasn’t changed despite confirmation I qualify for a tuition fee reduction. Do I need to do anything else?

The University will inform the Student Loans Company (SLC) on a weekly basis of all tuition fee reductions that have been processed. The SLC will update their records and send a revised financial notification to students to confirm the adjustment to their tuition fee loans.

How do I obtain further information?

If your questions are not answered above please email the Oxford financial support team, remembering to include your Customer Reference Number, full name, date of birth, and the year that you started your course.