The College is committed to ensuring that all students can take advantage of every opportunity during their time in Cambridge. No student should feel prevented from studying at Trinity because of their financial background, or experience hardship whilst studying here. By making a gift to student support, you are creating an opportunity for a talented young person to not only explore their academic interests at a world class institution but to also experience all that Trinity and Cambridge have to offer.
Emily Song (2017), TCSU President 2019-2020
‘The financial support that is available to Trinity students makes a world of difference to their university experience. We are incredibly thankful to the College and to its donors. After the hard work that goes into achieving a place at Trinity, it’s important to give everyone the best chance to excel while they’re here. For those with financial struggles, it can be difficult to focus on studies and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities at Cambridge.’
Home and EU undergraduates now pay tuition fees of £9,250 per year, and for international students this figure is much higher. Students are also expected to take out loans to cover living expenses, but these often fall short of what they actually need to keep up with the rising costs of student life.
Trinity has led the way in meeting this shortfall by devising and piloting, along with other Colleges, an enhanced top-up bursary scheme (PTUBS). But more is needed to ensure that all Trinity students can concentrate on their studies without worrying about debt and unexpected expenses. Giving by alumni has been vital to the success of the pilot top-up bursary scheme but more is needed.
Lewis Croney (2017)
‘I strongly welcome and appreciate financial support as a student of Trinity. Primarily, it allows me to be able to focus on my studies during term time, without needing to seek any employment. It has also given me freedom from worry over affording accommodation, meals and stationery, while preventing me missing out on all the opportunities Cambridge has to offer.’
Lewis featured in a Channel 4 documentary aired in 2018 about his application to Trinity, you can read more about it here.
The graduate community has grown exponentially at Trinity, now nearly one third of the 1000 at Trinity are pursuing MPhils or PhDs. Securing funding for further studies can often be precarious and difficult, especially for arts and humanities students. Trinity offers a range of graduates studentships, but more is needed to keep up with the growing competition for the best students.
Other world-class universities have higher course fees for graduate studies, but those universities have more readily available funding to support their students. In order to compete with them Trinity must offer similar packages to attract and retain the most talented graduate students. Trinity’s academic reputation depends on its ability to recruit and nurture the very best students from around the world, and to provide them with the funding they need to pursue their academic careers at Trinity.
Benjamin Stewart (2018), recipient of the Louis and Valerie Freedman Studentship
‘I’m hugely grateful to the donors whose generosity has impacted my time so far at Trinity, and which will undoubtedly benefit my years to come. My hope is that this generosity will prove to be an investment in my career as a physician-scientist, which will come to fruition with tangible advances impacting patient lives.’
Any gift, of any amount can have an huge impact on the life of a Trinity student.
If you are a first time donor to Trinity, your gift will be doubled by the Harding Challenge Fund as part of a wider University scheme.