Financial Hardship & Aid

At Pembroke, we recognise that financial worries can be a concern for students and their families. We also recognise that your financial situation is personal and you may be concerned about discussing it with others.

To talk confidentially about financial matters or for more details about the below funds, please contact Kirstie Morris (Academic Support Officer); 

For a whole host of information about fees and funding, including living costs and how to apply for government support, visit the Oxford University Fees & Funding pages.



Oxford Bursaries

  • If you are a Home (UK) or EU student from a lower-income household, you will be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary to help with living costs.

  • Applicants must complete a financial assessment in their application for UK Government Funding and share their household income with the University.

  • You do not have to make a separate application for an Oxford Bursary, and eligible students will receive a letter from the Student Funding Office explaining their entitlement.

  • Students receive between £200 and £4500 each year of their course depending on when they started their course and their household income’.

For details, see the Oxford Bursaries and Fee Reductions webpage.


Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

  • Access to Learning Funds are provided by the government and are administered and distributed by the University.

  • Application forms are available in College from the Academic Office

  • The awards are for undergraduate or graduate students experiencing financial difficulty

  • The maximum award is £2500 and awards are paid in termly installments.

Find out more about the Access to Learning Fund, including eligibility and the application process, on the relevant Oxford University webpage.


University Hardship Fund (UHF)

  • The University Hardship Fund aims to assist students who experience unexpected financial difficulties due to circumstances which could not have been predicted at the start of your course.

  • The maximum award is £5,000 and awards of this level will usually be a combination of a grant and a loan.

  • Students in their final year will normally be given a loan as it is expected that they will able to take on paid employment on completion of their studies.

For details of eligibility and the application process, visit the University Hardship Fund webpage.


Funding for Students with Disabilities

  • Enquiries regarding funding for students with disabilities are handled by the Disability Advisory Service.

  • Disabled Student's Allowances (DSAs) are available to all British ('home') students. DSAs are not means tested and are do not need to be repaid. Details are available on the GOV.UK website.



College Hardship Grants

  • College hardship grants are for hardship not covered by the Access to Learning or the University hardship funds (see above), or to supplement their sources.

  • EU and Overseas students may apply

  • Students should contact Kirstie Smith in the Academic Office who will be able to guide them through the application:


JCR Art Fund Hardship Grants

  • The JCR Art Fund provides hardship grants all year round for unexpected or sudden (and not persistent) financial hardship.

  • Examples may include a broken laptop, an emergency trip home, or a parent/guardian suddenly out of work etc. but this list is not exhaustive.

  • There is no maximum amount for which students may apply

  • Further information regarding eligibility and the application form can be acquired from the current JCR Vice-President ( for 2017-18)