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Oxford Bursary frequently asked questions

Find out how to ensure that you will be assessed for an Oxford Bursary and answers to other frequently asked questions.

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.

How do I apply for an Oxford Bursary?

There is no application form to receive an Oxford Bursary. To be assessed for a bursary 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.

Please check the eligibility information to see if you are eligible to be assessed for an Oxford Bursary.

When will I hear about whether I have been awarded an Oxford Bursary?

Letters will be issued to eligible students on a rolling basis from the middle of September onwards. If you are a new student, your letter will be sent by post to the address you have registered with the Student Loans Company; if your college email account has been activated, then you will also receive a copy of your letter by email. If you are a continuing student, you will receive your letter by email only.

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 second week of each 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 2020.

When is the deadline for bursaries to be awarded?

The deadline for the awarding of bursaries is 30 May 2020. No matter 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 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 in advance of the deadlines.

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 while at Oxford?

In order to be assessed for an Oxford Bursary, 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 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 Student 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 Student Finance Services, please email Student Fees and Funding.

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

Student finance for the academic year 2019/20 is usually based on household income in the tax year 2017/18. 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 2017/18 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 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 Student 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 Student Fees and Funding.

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

EU students who started their course from 2012 are eligible to be assessed for the Oxford Bursary provided they have applied for a tuition fee loan and been financially assessed by Student Finance Services. After applying for a tuition fee loan, students will be sent a financial assessment form which should be completed if they wish to be considered for Oxford support. The deadline for bursary approvals is 30 May 2020. 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 Student Fees and Funding 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.

How do I apply for a fee reduction?

Fee reductions are available only to Home and EU students who started their course in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 and have a household income of £25,000 or less.

There is no application form to receive a fee reduction. These are assessed by the University at the same time as the Oxford Bursary. As long as you have been financially assessed by your regional funding agency, and have given consent to share this information with the University, then you will be automatically assessed for the fee reduction.

The deadline for the fee reduction is 20 December 2019. Please note that this is earlier than the deadline for the Oxford Bursary.

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

No; the University will automatically apply any fee reduction you may be eligible for as well as notify the Student Loans Company (SLC) on your behalf. The SLC 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 fee reduction. Do I need to do anything else?

The University will inform the Student Loans Company (SLC) on a weekly basis of all 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 Student Fees and Funding, remembering to include your Customer Reference Number, full name, date of birth, and the year that you started your course.

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