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The University has generous non-repayable bursaries for full-time Home (UK) and EU students with qualifying household incomes. The type and level of support available in 2020/21 varies depending on where you are from and when you started your course.

Bursaries

If you are a Home (UK) or EU student from a lower-income household, you will be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable bursary in 2020/21 to help with living costs.

The tables below shows the annual bursaries available from Oxford for Home and EU students, dependent upon household income before tax.

Bursaries available to students who started their course in 2020

The amount of bursary available varies depending on whether you are in receipt of a Crankstart Scholarship or an Oxford Bursary. If you are a UK resident student and have a household income of £27,500 or less in your first year, you will be eligible for a Crankstart Scholarship and invited to join the programme. Students are only eligible to receive either a Crankstart Scholarship or an Oxford Bursary.  

Household Income

Annual Crankstart Bursary

Annual Oxford Bursary
£5,000 or less£5,000£3,200
£5,001 - £16,000 £4,200£3,200
£16,001 - £20,000£4,200£3,000
£20,001 - £22,500£4,200£2,750
£22,501 - £25,000£4,200£2,500
£25,001 - £27,500£4,200£2,000
£27,501 - £30,000N/A£2,000
£30,001 - £35,000N/A£1,500
£35,001 - £37,500N/A£1,000
£37,501 - £40,000N/A£800
£40,001 - £42,875N/A£500
£42,876+N/A

£0

Oxford Travel Supplement for UK bursary holders 

If you started your first undergraduate degree course in 2020/21 and live more than 80 miles from Oxford, we will help with your travel costs between your stated home address and Oxford. If you are a Crankstart Scholar or an Oxford Bursary recipient, you will automatically receive a non-repayable annual Oxford Travel Supplement of £200 if you live between 80 and 150 miles from Oxford. If you live more than 150 miles from Oxford, you will receive an annual Oxford Travel Supplement of £500. Distance is measured as the direct distance in miles (sometimes termed 'as the crow flies'). If eligible you will be notified of this additional funding shortly after being contacted about your bursary funding from Oxford.

UK students requiring financial assistance to meet funding shortfalls

Our Student Support Fund (SSF) Bursary aims to help UK undergraduates who commenced their course in the 2020/21 academic year who may require financial assistance in a range of circumstances, ranging from a shortfall in their finances to help meeting additional exceptional costs. A non-repayable bursary of between £50 and £750 is available. Depending on the level of demand, the award amount may be capped below the maximum level in order to ensure sufficient funding is available to students in need of assistance throughout the academic year.

Bursaries available to students who started their course before 2020

Household IncomeAnnual bursary from Oxford for year of entry
20152016, 2017, 2018 or 2019
£16,000 or less£4,500£3,700
£16,001 - £20,000£3,500£2,700
£20,001 - £22,500£3,000£2,500
£22,501 - £25,000£3,000£2,200
£25,001 - £27,500£2,000£1,700
£27,501 - £30,000£2,000£1,400
£30,001 - £32,500£1,500£1,100
£32,501 - £35,000£1,500£1,000
£35,001 - £37,500£1,000£800
£37,501 - £40,000£1,000£600
£40,001 - £42,705£500£200
£42,706 - £42,875£0£200
£42,876+£0£0

If you are a Crankstart Scholar not on your year abroad or in receipt of a non-repayable grant covering your course fees such as an NHS grant, and your household income remains below £25,000, you may also be eligible for a fee reduction of up to £3,000. Details of any fee reduction will be included in your annual scholarship notification letter. 

For students who started before 2015 please contact the bursary team for more details. 

Eligibility

Courses

You must be studying for your first undergraduate degree or an undergraduate Medicine degree to be eligible for an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship. The Oxford Bursary is also available to Graduate Entry Medicine students, and those PGCE students who do not receive a teacher training bursary or scholarship.

Medical Students

Medical Students are eligible to be assessed for a bursary in the years during which they are eligible to receive funding from the NHS.

Students in years 5 or 6 of the six year medicine course, or years 2, 3 or 4 of the Graduate Entry Medicine course will be contacted automatically from mid-September 2019 with details of how they will be assessed for a bursary. In the meantime, any questions about the bursary scheme should be emailed to the bursary team.

Status

In order to receive an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship you must be entitled to support from the UK government and you must have been financially assessed by your funding agency. You are unlikely to be entitled if:

  • you have completed a previous undergraduate degree and you are undertaking further undergraduate study; or
  • you are from the Isle of Man or Channel Islands, unless you receive maintenance support from the UK government, as you should receive funding from your home government; or
  • you are an overseas student, unless you receive maintenance support from the UK government.

Please note if you are only entitled to receive a tuition fee loan this does not count as maintenance support and you will not be entitled to an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship.

How do I apply?

There is no separate application process for an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship as these are based on the household income assessment carried out by your regional funding agency.

If you are eligible for an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship you will be notified of your entitlement from mid to late September 2020. You must have your financial assessment completed by 30 May 2021 to be considered. Crankstart scholarships are only awarded to students in their first year of study.

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