All UK-funded students are able to borrow the entire amount of their tuition fees, and are currently then entitled to a mixture of loans and grants, depending on country and household income.
Full-time students can also apply for a maintenance loan (maintenance grants are still available to students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The amount you will receive is dependent on your family’s income, assessed by the Student Finance award agency for the region where you live (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other EU countries). As a guide,for students from England whose household income is £25,000 or less the maintenance loan in 2016-17 will be £8,200. More information about maintenance loans is available from the government’s Student Finance website and there is also a calculator which shows how much your loan might be. This loan will be paid back in the same way as a tuition fee loan, once you’ve graduated or finished your studies, and are earning over £21,000 a year.
A few students in special circumstances (student parents, disabled students, those who have heavy costs for travel to clinical placements) are entitled to extra support, and should consult Student Finance in the first instance. Special rules also apply to clinical students in their fifth or sixth years, who may be eligible for NHS Bursaries, and to care leavers, who may receive assistance from their Local Authority.
In 2016-17 UK and EU students studying for their first undergraduate degree from households with incomes below £42,620 are likely to be eligible for a Cambridge Bursary / Cambridge European Bursary, worth up to £3,500 in the first year. Bursaries are automatically awarded to eligible students who have applied to Student Finance, with no additional application needed. Year Abroad students who are paying a tuition fee are also eligible for Cambridge Bursaries.