Oxford University
 

Means tested
undergraduate
support

The need – key facts and figures.

  • A quarter of Oxford Undergraduates receive some form of financial support.
  • Over 1,000 of Oxford’s Undergraduates come from families below the poverty threshold in the UK (household income is below £16,000).
  • Oxford Undergraduates receive maintenance bursaries towards their living costs and fee reductions (to address concerns regarding debt aversion) based on their financial circumstances.
  • Most students who come from family incomes below £16,000 receive up to £7,500 which helps with their start-up costs (for example purchasing a laptop, books and a bike), their living costs (accommodation, travel and meals) and reducing the level of loans (and ultimately debt) they need to take on.

For UK and EU students

The University seeks to be accessible to all undergraduates who have financial needs and gifts are vital in supporting this broad mission.

In 2014-15, Oxford has the most generous no-strings attached financial support for UK and EU undergraduates from the lowest income households. The lowest-income students receive support through bursaries and fee reductions totalling almost £20,000 over three years.

Your support could help students within the EU in the following ways:

  • Gifts under £11,250 will be pooled to provide a bursary for an Oxford Undergraduate to ensure they take up their place of study.
  • Gifts of £11,250 will be matched by resources within Oxford to provide a bursary for an undergraduate covering their living costs, and contributions to reduce their fees, over a three year period.
  • £187,500 would endow a full bursary, with a new student starting every three years.
  • £562,500 would create a big enough endowment to fund in full a new Undergraduate bursary every year in perpetuity.

For international students

Students from outside the EU pay higher tuition fees and many highly talented people cannot accept their offer of study without fully-funded undergraduate scholarships. You can help in the following ways:

  • A commitment of £35,000 a year for three years can provide a fully funded undergraduate scholarship for an international student who requires financial support.
  • Gifts under £105,000 will be pooled to provide a fully-funded scholarship for an international undergraduate to ensure they take up their place of study.
  • £875,000 would endow a full international undergraduate scholarship, with a new student starting every three years.
  • £2.63m would create a big enough endowment to fund in full a new undergraduate international scholarship every year in perpetuity.

It is understood that donors may have different preferences, perhaps related to subject areas, regions of the world or particular colleges and departments, and these can be discussed.

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Contact

Ben Plummer-Powell

Associate Director of Development (Pan-University)
 +44 (0)1865 611570