Undergraduate Financial Support

At Pembroke, we recognise that financial worries can be a concern for students and their families, and we are always willing to discuss the availability of support if needed. To talk confidentially about financial matters or to arrange a hardship assessment once you are on course, please contact Helena Palmer (Student Support Administrator) at helena.palmer@pmb.ox.ac.uk. We’re here to help!

Hear from our community

Joshua Kirkhope-Arkley
Joshua Kirkhope-Arkley (2020, European and Middle Eastern Languages)

As well as Pembroke’s welcoming charm which undoubtedly helped me settle in, their financial support has been of tremendous value. Book grants have allowed me to broaden my French literary repertoire, while exam prizes and scholarships have reduced my anxiety and financial concerns, allowing me to focus more on my studies and enjoying university to the fullest.


The pandemic affected lots of people in different ways; for me, it meant that working through the summer vacation of 2020 was no longer an option, as I had to shield in order to protect a vulnerable parent. I was relying on that work to help fund my Medicine degree, and was extremely worried about my finances without it, so I contacted the College to see if they could help. Pembroke’s hardship fund was able to fill in my unexpected shortfall, reducing my stress and letting me get back to learning how to combat this (and any future) medical crisis.

Isabel Thompson (2023, History)

Oxford may seem daunting and scary, but it is a fantastic opportunity and you should never deprive yourself of that. The university itself has a series of grants available such as the Crankstart scholarship or the Oxford bursary (both are means-tested). As a recipient of the Crankstart scholarship myself, I can assure that it very much soothes the financial burden and worries that moving to university carries. Furthermore, individual colleges have their own ways to assist, such as hardship funds or academic grants.