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whatever your circumstances

Going to University isn’t cheap, but that doesn’t mean that cost should be a barrier. Both the University and its Colleges are committed to ensuring that higher education is accessible to all.

All sorts of initiatives exist to ensure that if you need financial support, it’s available. If you are a Care Leaver, there is additional support available to you and more information can be found here.

Our philosophy is that it doesn’t matter where you went to school, or what your circumstances are; if you’ve got what it takes to make the most of life at St John’s, then we want to hear from you.

Fees

 

University tuition fees

Undergraduate fees at Cambridge vary depending on where a student is permanently resident. Each student is classified as one of (1) Home and EU, (2) Channel Islands and Isle of Man, or (3) Overseas.

Tuition fees for students qualifying for Home fee status are regulated and capped by the Government. Cambridge's current policy is to charge fees at the maximum level permitted, which is anticipated to rise with inflation each year. Tuition fees for Home fee status students starting their first undergraduate degree in 2017 will be £9,250 for all courses. You can find complete information about University Tuition Fees, and any inflationary rises, on the University of Cambridge website here

Year abroad tuition fees

If your course includes a year abroad, you will pay a different tuition fee for that year. For Home students taking a full year abroad in 2017-18, the tuition fee payable will be £1,385. Further information can be found on the University of Cambridge website here.

Tuition fees for EU students

The UK has voted to leave the European Union and it is still not currently known what impact that process will have on fees. However, the University has confirmed that the fee rate for undergraduate EU students who are already studying at Cambridge, or will start in 2017 or 2018, will be at the normal Home rate. The position after 2019 is yet to be determined, but you can check for updates here.

Fees for international and Islands students

Tuition fees for students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, and for Overseas students, vary depending on the course you are studying. You can find a full list showing all the latest costs for students in these categories here.

College fees

College fees cover the cost to St John's of providing various educational and domestic services as well as other support. Subject to a fee status check, the College fee for Home and EU undergraduates who are on their first undergraduate course is included in the University fee and does not constitute an additional charge. UK or EU students who are eligible for public support do not normally have to pay an additional College fee, unless they are studying for a second degree.

There are different regulations for ELQ (Equivalent or Lower Qualification) students, who study for a degree which is equivalent to, or at a lower level than, a qualification they already possess when they commence their course. More specifically, the fees for undergraduate ELQ students who commence their studies in 2017-18 will be £9,771 for the University and £7,500 for the College.

College fees for students from the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Overseas students who are joining the College in 2018 will be £8,250 for the academic year 2018/19. For those students with a deferred offer to 2019 entry the College fee will be £8,700.

Maintenance costs

 

Undergraduates at St John’s normally live in College accommodation for all three (or, in some cases, four) years leading up to the BA Degree. The room licence normally runs from October to June.

Students will incur certain maintenance charges. These vary from case to case, but the following estimates offer a guide as to how much you might expect to pay:

  Rooms and service in College:   £2,900 - £4,000 annually
  Meals:   £1,500 - £1,800 annually

In addition, you will need to budget for clothes, books, travel, entertainment and other lifestyle costs. This usually brings the total maintenance figure up to around £9,000 - £10,000 per year.

University-wide support

 

The University of Cambridge offers extensive financial support to all Cambridge students. In particular, the Cambridge Bursary Scheme enables any student to meet the cost of his or her education, regardless of circumstances.

 

Bursaries are available to UK and EU students studying for their first undergraduate degree. The bursaries are worth up to £3,500 per year and are assessed based on household income. There is no limit, so every eligible student can receive one.

College support

 

In addition to the support offered by the University, St John's also offers lots of extra financial assistance for students.

Studentships – extra help for low-income families

Since October 2016, St John’s has had a major financial support initiative called “Studentships” in place to help students from lower-income families.

If you are a home or EU undergraduate of St John’s and your household income is less than £25,000, you will be eligible for support directly from the College. Combined with the Cambridge Bursary (see University-Wide Support), this will entitle you to a non-repayable sum of £10,080 per year to cover your day-to-day living expenses.

Pre-admissions prizes

Every year, the College awards pre-admissions prizes which are worth £5,000 each and help successful applicants to kick-start their future with the College. Every UK student who is offered a place is automatically eligible.

Hardship funds

 

Not all financial problems can be anticipated – sometimes students unexpectedly run into trouble with their tuition and living expenses. If this happens, your Tutor is here to help, both by offering advice and, if necessary, pointing you in the direction of College and University hardship funds.

Crucially, any such funding is designed to help you to do more than “get by”; the aim is to ensure that you can get the most out of your Cambridge experience free from financial worries.

College scholarships

The Davies Jackson Scholarship

The Davies Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St John's. After two years, candidates are awarded a Cambridge BA degree, known as the Cantab degree.

The John Crook Scholarship

The John Crook Scholarship offers graduates from eligible universities the opportunity to study for a second, two-year degree at St John’s. The scholarship covers all costs, including fees.

The St John's Hong Kong Scholarship

The Hong Kong Scholarship is open to all Hong Kong residents who receive an offer to study at St John's College.

Prizes

 

The College is immensely proud of its students, and every year we make a number of prizes and scholarships available to people who have reached the very highest standards both academically and in their wider contributions to College life and society as a whole.

There are also all sorts of College prizes and competitions throughout the year. These are great opportunities to expand your interests and educational experience, and there is usually some sort of cash reward if you win. There are prizes for research projects, academic work, photography, music, art – even writing comedy.

More information about the various awards and prizes available may be found here.

Student support bodies

Our friendly College Admissions Office are always happy to answer any questions that you might have about covering the cost of your education at St John’s. You can find contact information here.

For further help and information about student finance, you can also contact one of the following organisations:

Students from England

Directgov Student Support Helpline
Telephone: 0845 300 5090
www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance/

Students from Northern Ireland

Student Finance NI
Telephone: 0845 600 0662
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

Students from Scotland

Student Awards Agency for Scotland
(SAAS)
Telephone: 0845 111 1711
www.saas.gov.uk

 

Students from Wales

Student Finance Wales
Telephone: 0845 602 8845
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

Students from the EU

Student Finance Services European Team
Telephone: +44 (0) 141 243 3570
www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance/

Students from outside the EU

The University of Cambridge website contains useful information