Household income

The table below shows the total number of enrolled students who commenced study in October 2020 by residual household income band.

Oxford has one of the most generous financial support packages for students from the lowest-income band of any university in the country.

Around one in four UK students receives an Oxford Bursary or a Crankstart Scholarship.

UK resident students studying for their first undergraduate degree and from a household with an income of £27,500 or less are eligible for our Crankstart Scholarship Programme. Crankstart Scholars who commenced their studies in October 2020 receive a bursary of up to £5,000 for each year of their course. Please see for details.)

Students who commenced study in October 2020 from the lowest-income households who are not in receipt of a Crankstart Scholarship receive an Oxford Bursary of up to £3,200 for each year of their studies. 

From 2020-entry onwards additional support is also available to those bursary holders who live more than 80 miles from Oxford, or those who need to meet additional exceptional costs once they have started their course. Additional financial support is also available to students who have ever been in care for more than three months or are estranged from their family. Please see for details.

The financial support Oxford provides is in addition to the government support available.

Enrolled students by residual household income band, 2020 entry

Household incomeNumber of students% of total enrolled students
< £16,00033511.5
£16,000 - £25,0001725.9
£25,000 - £42,8752759.4
Total enrolled students2914100.0

  • These are in-year figures from February 2021 and are expected to rise by the end of the academic year (June 2021). This is because household income figures are received on a rolling basis from the Student Loans Company.
  • Bursaries can be approved throughout the academic year.
  • The figures above include all UK students eligible for financial support from Oxford. This includes undergraduates and graduate entry medicine students.
  • Residual income is based on gross household income (before tax and National Insurance) minus certain allowable deductions. These can include pension payments, which are eligible for certain specified tax relief, and allowances for other dependent children.
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