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Trinity Awards and Prizes

Trinity offers a huge number of Grants and Studentships to undergraduates and graduates for a wide range of purposes, including language learning, sporting expenses and travel opportunities. There are also several Prize competitions to be entered, for which some awards can be generous. Prizes are usually awarded in cash or book tokens. There is one prize – The Dr Hooper Declamation Prize (for an English declamation on a set subject) – in which the winner may take his or her prize in silver!

Student Loans Mythbusting founder Martin Lewis, “Ignore newspaper headlines about students leaving university with £50,000 of debt. That’s mostly a meaningless figure. What counts is how much you’ll repay. For some that’s far more, for others it’s free. This guide is written to bust common myths about student loans, grants and finance, including the 20+ key facts every potential student, parent and grandparent should know.”

Fees & Funding

Affording university can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Yet Cambridge is actually the perfect place to study if you need to look after the pennies, because of our exceptionally generous bursaries. Find out about the financial support available and be sure to check out the facts on living costs and finance at Cambridge.

Cambridge also has great support available for students with disabilities. More information about the Disability Resource Centre and financial support can be found here, and have a look at the government’s information on Disabled Students’ Allowances.

Martin Lewis: Student Loans Decoded

Finance FAQ

Here are a few answers to questions we are frequently asked about our entry requirements.  Please do read this in combination with the general information about entry requirements on the Applying to Trinity page.

Is Cambridge more expensive than other universities?

Tuition fees at Cambridge are the same as other universities in the Russell Group – that is £9,250 per year. And those fees can be reduced for students in need of help. The university and its colleges reserve funds, precisely so it can be invested in bright young people who could most benefit from it. In fact, Cambridge has many advantages with regards to finances. For example, due to the short terms at Cambridge of eight to ten weeks, you only have to pay accommodation for 30 weeks per year, whereas at other universities you may have to pay a whole year’s rent. There is also the fact that students have barely any transport costs as almost everywhere can be easily reached on foot or by bike.

In addition, Cambridge has well established bursary schemes, hardship funds, book grant funds and travel grant funds. Currently, all Cambridge students from households with an income under £25,000 receive the full Cambridge Bursary of £3,500 a year, tapering to £0 for those in households with an income of up to £42,000 and above. Under the Pilot Top-Up Bursary Scheme students from households with incomes up to £62,000 will receive additional support during term time, in addition to the Cambridge Bursary. The scheme applies to UK students. The idea is that no student to whom it gives an offer should be hindered by finances.

Plus, you get a lot more value for money at Oxbridge. We not only have exceptional facilities – including over 100 libraries – we also use the highly effective tutorial system. Students are taught in tiny groups of about two or three, usually twice a week, for their whole degree. This level of personalised attention from academic experts just isn’t possible at most other universities. Even medical students enjoy tutorials, alongside the more normal lectures, seminars and lab sessions you’d find at other universities.

What if I have to work to support myself through my degree? How will I juggle my degree work and a job?

At Trinity, and the wider university in general, we want to make sure you have a balanced life at university without worrying about supporting yourself. That’s why we don’t allow students to have jobs in term time, and instead, supplement students’ incomes ourselves. We have numerous bursaries, funds and grants available to ensure all of our students have enough not only to live but to enjoy the best of what Cambridge has to offer. At Trinity, we have funds for students to pursue extracurricular activities, travel, learn new skills and participate fully in every aspect of Cambridge life they wish to explore. You will be assigned a personal tutor you can reach out to in the first instance if you worry about money.

I’m not eligible for a student loan that covers my rent and living expenses. My parents or carer can’t afford to support me either. What am I going to do?

We recognise at Trinity that the student finance system can often let students in the so-called “squeezed middle” go without enough to adequately support them through their studies. In response to this, we created top-up bursaries (non-repayable grants of money) to give students the extra financial support they require for living and social expenses in this situation .

Aren’t all of the activities at Cambridge really expensive? What if I can’t afford the things my friends can afford?

Our financial aid system works on a very ad-hoc basis, but if you’re struggling to participate in extra-curriculars for financial reasons, you can see your personal tutor regarding this! The university wants you to enjoy your time here, and that means assisting with extracurricular expenses as well as academic ones. Our bursaries don’t need to be spent on academic pursuits – we trust you to do whatever suits you best with them.

Some of the accommodation looks really expensive, what if I can’t afford to live with my friends?

Trinity has a number of different rooms, so you can choose throughout your time here what suits you best in terms of living situations – we have shared rooms, bedsits with private studies and living rooms, and even modern rooms with ensuites! However, some of our rooms are offered at a discounted rate to students who meet certain financial criteria, meaning nobody should ever be barred from living where they want, or living with friends.

Can I afford to live in catered accommodation?

Our servery is offered at an incredibly discounted rate, making it sometimes cheaper to eat at the College than to self-cater. If it suits you to cook and to eat with friends in our Dining Hall, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be an affordable option.

A three-course meal often comes to under £5, with many vegetarian, vegan, halal and kosher options, and we have a grab and go salad bar as well as a sandwich station in our student Bar, all of which are heavily subsidised.

You should only self-cater if you want to, and, as is previously mentioned, if the financial side of things is ever a struggle, your personal tutor is always at the other end of an email and can put things in motion to support you.

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