Finance information for UK offer holders (2020 entry)
This page is part of the offer-holders section for students who have been offered an undergraduate place at Christ's College and contains financial information for students with UK fee status starting a course in October 2020. Please read it alongside your offer letter.
Student Loan applications
As a UK student, you do not need to pay the tuition fees up front or during the time you are a student at Christ's and you can get support for your living costs. The student loans companies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland provide tuition fee loans (they pay the tuition fees directly to the College each term), as well as maintenance loans for living costs. You will need to check arrangements for student loans and repayment on the relevant website for your area (once updated for the 2020-21 academic year), pay attention to when applications open, and make your application by the relevant deadline.
If you do not plan to apply for a loan, please email email@example.com to confirm this.
Information for completing your application:
- If you are not sure of the length of your course, we advise you to quote the longer period, as this can be reduced later. This is likely to apply to students in Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences where there is a possible extra fourth year (see your offer letter and read both the 'course duration' in the table and any sentences below the table but above where it says 'terms and conditions'). Medicine students normally apply for a six-year course.
- When completing the online form, please ensure that your choose the College name, i.e. ‘Christ’s College – University of Cambridge’ from the drop down list, not just the University of Cambridge. The correct College address is St Andrew's Street, Cambridge CB2 3BU, not Trinity Lane CB2 1TN.
- When you agree to the terms and conditions, this includes agreement that the College will be able to see your application, so there is no need to tell us that you have done it.
- Please also bear in mind that you will need to apply each year for your loan.
Students who are resident in England:
- Please read about student finance on the UK.Gov website. In particular, see the information for new full time students and the eligibility information. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate your loan. Then, read about how to apply, and apply online. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible once applications are open for the 2020-21 academic year, as it can take some time for your application to be processed.
- If you have any questions about applying for student finance, please contact Student Finance England directly.
- Once your receive confirmation of your loan, you do not need to send anything to us at Christ's (as long as you have agreed for the College to be able to see your application (see above), we are able to see information directly from Student Finance England to confirm that you will receive a loan).
Students who are resident in Scotland:
- On the Student Awards Agency for Scotland website, there is eligibility information. Please read the information about how to apply then register with the Student Awards Agency Scotland and make your application.
- If you have any questions, please contact the Student Awards Agency Scotland directly.
- Once your receive confirmation of your loan, please send a copy of the document confirming this to firstname.lastname@example.org, as we in the case of the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, we do not receive confirmation of your application directly.
Students who are resident in Wales:
- On the Student Finance Wales website, you can sign up for an email when 2020 entry applications are launched. There is information for students starting in 2018-19. See the information about how to apply (not updated at the time of writing).
- If you have any questions, please contact Student Finance Wales directly.
- Once your receive confirmation of your loan, you do not need to send anything to us at Christ's (we are able to see information directly from Student Finance Wales to confirm that you will receive a loan).
Students who are resident in Northern Ireland:
- On the StudentFinanceNI website there is information for new full-time undergraduate students. Please see the information about how to apply by clicking on the relevant links from this page.
- If you have any questions, please contact StudentFinanceNI directly.
- Once your receive confirmation of your loan, you do not need to send anything to us at Christ's (we are able to see information directly from StudentFinanceNI to confirm that you will receive a loan).
Cambridge Bursary Scheme
You must apply for financial assistance through your own regional Student Finance body (see above) in order to be eligible for the Cambridge Bursary. There is no separate application process for the bursary. You do not need to take up any loans that are offered but you must go through the application and income assessment process in order for the Cambridge Bursary to be awarded.
- Vacation Stays
- Books and Study Aids
- Language courses
- Dissertation research
- Lab work
- Summer internships
- Extracurricular activities such as sports, music, theatre, art
Further information, including how to apply, will be made available after you have started your course at Christ's.
- If you are from the West Midlands, please see the additional information about the OCR Bursary Scheme. Action is required (you will need to complete a form) to apply for one of these bursaries. The areas in the West Midlands are Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Hereford, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, and Worcestershire.
- If you have an impairment, health condition (including a mental health condition), or Specific Learning Difficulty like dyslexia, you may be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) or Reasonable Adustments Fund for help with the costs of equipment, travel or specialist ergonomic equipment, depending on your case. Please see the further information on the Disability Resource Centre website.
- If you are holding an offer and have spent time in Local Authority Care then you may be eligible for additional financial support. Please email us for further information if you think that this may apply to you, and we will then send you further information.