Clare College Cambridge

Financial Support at Clare

Thanks to the generosity of donors past and present, Clare is able to help in various ways with the financial pain of being a student:

  • 20% of our students receive bursaries each year. These are awarded where household income is below a certain level; the normal maximum award in 2017/18 was £3,500. Full details of Cambridge’s bursary scheme, including a calculator, can be found at ‘Cambridge Bursaries’.
  • Funds are available to help with travel or other costs of some project that you want to undertake. Almost all our undergraduates receive one of these awards during their time at Clare.
  • If you play any kind of sport at university level – from rowing to dance – the college will help with the costs involved. Each year about 50 students benefit from this.
  • Money is available for events or projects that enhance your learning experience in one way or another. Language courses, theatre and museum and fieldwork trips, study weeks abroad, conference fees, laboratory-based vacation projects and other academic internships are recent examples.
  • There are separate funds to help you gain qualifications or experience that will be of use in your prospective career after university.
  • Clare aims to keep the cost of food and accommodation as low as possible, and students generally find that these compare very favourably with market rates.
  • The college places £15,000 each year in the willing hands of the college student union, to distribute among societies as the students think best.
  • And there are, in addition, hardship funds to help individuals who run into unexpected financial difficulties – because of changing family circumstances, for example, or health problems, or emergencies large or small. Grants range from as little as £50 to as much as several thousand, depending on the circumstances.

A university education costs money, it is true. But our aim at Clare is that no-one should be deterred from applying because of the costs involved, and that, once admitted, no-one should be prevented by money difficulties from getting the most out of their time here.

Details of the Government’s scheme of loans and maintenance grants can be found at the university finance page.

Financial support for interview travel costs

To enable applicants to come to interview in Cambridge, the Colleges are pleased to provide support for travel costs to students who are in local authority care and/or are currently in receipt of free school meals and who attend a UK maintained sector school/college. Public transport travel costs between £20 and £80 will be reimbursed, and the Colleges will contact eligible applicants directly with further information when they're invited to interview.