What Financial Support Is Available For An Oxford Application?

Money should never be a barrier to access higher education at Oxford. It would be such a shame for any good candidate to miss out on attending this prestigious establishment simply due to factors outside of their control. So what financial support is available for Oxford applicants?

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Oxford university advertises many channels of support for students who might find themselves not applying due to the Oxford application fee.

It is an extremely important issue to raise since money should never be a barrier to access higher education. It would be such a shame for any good candidate to miss out on attending this prestigious establishment simply due to factors outside of their control.

But what financial support is available for Oxford applicants?  

Things to know before applying to oxford

One of the first steps when applying to Oxford is to research and get a rough idea of what sort of future financial costs might arise. This is a good strategy for essentially everything in life and you should always keep this in the back of your mind. 

How to Save Money 

The Oxford University website provides good advice on this front and highlights points where some costs can be kept down from a lifestyle point of view. These include:

We want to highlight that information about living costs and budgeting is readily available if you are looking for it. We hope that this means you can approach financial issues with some advance planning and that this eases some stresses in a time of change for you and your family.

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Bursaries and Scholarships

Regarding funding, there are various bursaries and scholarships available for Oxford students. These are non-repayable and there is a range of amounts. It’s important to remember that for EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals, tuition fees have changed.

Oxford Scholarships

Crankstart Scholarships for UK students

The Crankstart Scholarships are for UK residents who are studying for their first undergraduate degree with an annual household income of £27,500 or less. The scholarship includes a non-repayable bursary that could be worth up to £5,000 to help with studying and living costs. The scholarship also provides students with access to funded internships to develop employability skills. 

There are many other scholarships available too such as the Dr Ateh Jewel Foundation Awards for UK residents of Black African or Black Caribbean heritage, who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and the Reach Oxford Scholarship for students from low-income countries. 

Oxford Bursaries

If you are a UK student from a lower-income household studying for your first undergraduate degree, you will likely be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary to help with the costs of studying and living in Oxford.

The table below shows the bursary amount you can receive depending on your annual household income: 

Annual household Income
Annual Bursary
£16,000 or less
£3,200
£16,001 – £20,000
£3,000
£20,001 – £22,500
£2,750
£22,501 – £25,000
£2,500
£25,001 – £30,000
£2,000
£30,001 – £35,000
£1,500
£35,001 – £37,500
£1,000
£37,501 – £40,000
£800
£40,001 – c. £42,875
£500

Note:  there is no separate application process for Oxford bursaries and that those who are eligible should be notified from around mid-September onwards. If you believe there are any mistakes or if you would like to ask any questions at all, you can get in contact with the University using the email address [email protected]

Costs of travelling to and from an Oxford interview

Don’t forget that there will be travel expenses incurred just for the Interview itself. To confirm, Oxford does not normally reimburse any application costs or pay for any transport to and from the city. However, back in 2018, the university started a scheme to help students from lower-income backgrounds. To qualify you need to meet certain conditions: 

The best tip to combat this Oxford application fee is to have a good idea of the application timetable in advance, especially for when Interviews are likely to be.

Though there is still uncertainty involved, hopefully knowing the date will reduce last-minute travel costs.

We understand that there is a lot of stress when it comes to the funding the Oxford application fee. However, don’t let the finances bog you down. As we said, you can find many bursaries offered to families who need additional support.

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