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Sliding Scale Studentships

The Scheme

St John’s College has announced the extension of the St John’s College Studentships scheme to include students from families with a household income above £25,000 and up to £42,620.

Sliding Scale Studentships

The new scheme, called Sliding Scale Studentships, will be implemented for the first time in the academic year 2018-19 and will run as a pilot scheme for a five-year trial period. The ‘Sliding Scale Studentships’ are non-repayable grants and are being funded through the generous support of alumni of the College.

“We are delighted to be able to introduce new and additional ‘Sliding Scale Studentships’ as the second phase of our studentship programme. This scheme is aimed at alleviating the financial challenges faced by our students from middle-income families.
Dr Annis May Timpson, Director of Education & Senior Tutor of St John’s College


The new scheme is open to all undergraduate students who meet the following requirements:

  • Matriculated at St John’s College in Michaelmas Term 2016 or after to study for an undergraduate degree.
  • Currently enrolled on an undergraduate course for either three or four years.
  • Qualify for Home/EU fee status as determined in accordance with the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007, No 779).
  • Have a household income between £25,001 and £42,620.


* The household income is a family’s total income before tax but after pension contributions.
* Students with a household income of up to £25,000 will still be eligible for the full St John’s College Studentships.
* Medicine and Veterinary Medicine students are eligible during the first three years of their Tripos (pre-clinical studies) but not during the years of their clinical training.
* Students on a year abroad are eligible for a Sliding Scale Studentship provided that they meet the other requirements and that the year abroad is an integral part of their course at St John’s.
* The students’ eligibility will be reassessed at the beginning of each academic year.
* For the academic year 2018-19, Student Finance England base the assessment of the household income on the tax year 2016-17 for UK students and the tax year 2016 for EU students. The same tax years will be used by the College for the assessment of eligibility for the studentships. If a student’s income has decreased since then, we will consider a request for the income in the following tax year to be used for our assessment.


Rates for the Academic Year 2018-19

The rate of the full St John’s College Studentship for the academic year 2018-19 is £6,810; this is the amount awarded to students from families with an annual household income of up to £25,000.

For students eligible for the Sliding Scale Studentships, i.e. with a household income between £25,001 and £42,620, the yearly award will be between £100 and £6,810. Please see the examples which give an indication of the Sliding Scale Studentship amount depending on the household income.

The students who are in receipt of a studentship remain eligible for the University-wide Cambridge Bursary, as well as for the other standard forms of financial support offered by the College (e.g. Learning and Research Fund).

  Household Income    Studentship 2018-19
             £27,000                    £6,050
             £30,000                    £4,910
             £33,000                    £3,770
             £35,000                    £3,010
             £38,000                    £1,860
             £40,000                    £1,110
             £42,000                    £340


Application Process

In order for the College to award a studentship, the students have to apply for a means-tested assessment to Student Finance England - or to the relevant body if they live in Scotland, Wales or Ireland. The procedure is the same as with the Cambridge Bursary so please review the information on the University’s website

Eligible students will also be asked to complete a form with financial information about their (or their family’s) income and submit relevant evidence to the College.

If you are an offer holder or current student of the College and you think that you are eligible for a studentship, please contact the Scholarship Administrator.

The provision of fraudulent information in order to obtain a studentship, or any attempt to mislead the College in this regard, will be treated as a disciplinary offence and may result in serious disciplinary action by the College.