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Finance and funding

Find out about financial help offered by the College.

Please note: as discussion of the UK leaving the EU continues, we will be following the University's policies regarding fees for EU students from countries other than the UK. It has been confirmed that such students who start a course at Cambridge in 2020 will have access to the same forms of funding as were previously available. Please click this link for further updates.

The College has a number of funds available to undergraduates and they are divided into the following categories: 

  1. Funds to alleviate hardship 
  2. Funds for travel, sport, music, societies, language classes etc.
  3. Scholarships and Academic Prizes (The College awards prizes and scholarships of £100-200 to all students attaining First-class results in undergraduate examinations or Distinction in a Master’s course. In addition, there are named College prizes and awards in several different fields.)

The St Catharine's College Society offers grants to support travel, music tuition, performing arts and sports. Further information, including application forms, may be found on the Society website.

The University has a number of funds available to undergraduates, which can be searched for through Student Web Services.


Support for internships and research placements

If you wish to seek funding for travel, accommodation or subsistence related to an internship or research placement, then the source of funding for which you apply depends on where the activity will take place.

For activities in Cambridge you should submit a college bursary application, but for activities outside Cambridge you should submit a travel grant application. In either case you should clearly state whether you will be paid for the activity, and whether other sources of funding are available.

If you are in receipt of a Cambridge Bursary, you can also apply for an internship bursary from the College Society - about which undergraduates are emailed during Lent term.


General advice about budgeting

Your time at Catz may be the first time you've had to manage your own budget - and this can seem daunting at times.

Students rarely feel rich, but at least their finances are simpler than they will be after graduation. As a student, you have relatively few sources of income, and much of your expenditure is bundled up into easily-definable 'chunks' such as your college bill.

However, getting on top of your finances is a useful skill which will make your time here easier, and it will also be invaluable in the future. Simply sitting down and totting up your annual income and expenditure (actual and estimated) is extremely useful. It will also make any application for bursary support much more convincing.

There are some excellent guides to budgeting available on the internet, and is a reliable source of sensible, up-to-date advice. You should, for example, look at the page about student finance. Also, their general guide to budgeting is extremely useful - it provides a step-by-step guide to staying out of the red, for example by identifying the easily-ignored-but-expensive purchases you don't really need. Some of that section is not relevant to students, but much of it is.

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Contact details

Student Services
Bethan Lewis