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The Trinity Maintenance Grant

Students at Trinity who are eligible for the Cambridge Bursary Scheme also receive the Trinity Maintenance Grant.

For eligible students who join in 2025, the value of this Grant will be £3,000 per year, minus any amount you receive from any other bursaries or scholarships. You will receive this payment in each year of your undergraduate studies at Trinity, provided you remain eligible for the Cambridge Bursary Scheme; for most subjects, the maximum number of years you can receive this grant is for up to four years from commencing your studies, though in Medicine, it is for up to 6 years.

Our ambition is for all Trinity students to be able to complete and enjoy their degrees without financial concerns, giving you the security to be able to enjoy the rich cultural, social and sporting life Cambridge has to offer. We recognise that many students are from backgrounds which are under pressure financially, particularly in face of increases in the cost of living, and we hope the Trinity Maintenance Grant can alleviate some of that pressure.

Trinity values applications from well-qualified, intellectually ambitious students of all backgrounds. The Trinity Maintenance Grant demonstrates the College’s strong desire to encourage applications from students from less advantaged backgrounds and to help ensure all our students can thrive intellectually and socially while they are here, regardless of financial status. In essence, we want to ensure that no one is discouraged from applying to Trinity College for financial reasons.

Below are answers to some questions you may have; but if you have further queries, please feel free to contact admissions@trin.cam.ac.uk.

The Trinity Maintenance Grant will be paid in addition to CBS. If eligible, you will receive both payments and the Grant will not diminish the amount you are entitled to receive from CBS.

The Trinity Maintenance Grant is paid at a flat rate of £3,000 per year; everyone who is eligible and is not in receipt of other bursaries or scholarships other than the Cambridge Bursary will receive the full amount. The level of the CBS payment is based on household income (see the CBS website for indicative figures), with a maximum annual award of £3,500 per student. In addition, if you were eligible for free school meals from your local authority you are entitled to a further Educational Premium of £1,000 per year.

In total, therefore, for students from the lowest income backgrounds, the combination of CBS, Educational Premium and the Trinity Maintenance Grant means, from October 2025, a financial support package of up to £7,500 per year is available, covering the cost of most of your regular accommodation and maintenance expenses incurred as a Cambridge student, and reducing the need to take out a full student loan.

If you receive a bursary through the CBS scheme (see the CBS website for details of eligibility), you will receive the Trinity Maintenance Grant, minus any amount you receive from other bursaries or scholarships. Broadly speaking, to be eligible for the CBS, you need to have both Home Fees status and an annual household income below £62,215.

No. This is a grant from Trinity College. You do not need to repay it. We do expect, however, that you will go on to have a successful and interesting career, and we very much hope that you will be able to find ways to utilise your future success to support the next generation of students at Trinity.

You will receive a top-up from the TMG that takes you up to an additional contribution of £3,000, on top of the Cambridge Bursary. So if you were to receive a grant of £1,000 from another public funding source, you would receive the Cambridge Bursary and a Trinity Maintenance Grant of £2,000. If you receive an additional scholarship or bursary of more than £3,000, then you would not receive the TMG as well.

At the start of the academic year, we will ask all students who receive the TMG if they are in receipt of additional scholarships or bursaries. Please be aware we don’t include financial support from your family or student loans within this category – it’s only relevant to the TMG if you receive a scholarship or bursary from, for example, a professional or charitable organisation that supplements your Cambridge Bursary.

If you are studying at Trinity, once you have been assessed as eligible for CBS, you will receive one-third of the annual amount (£1,000) credited to your College bill at the start of each term – no separate application is necessary.

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