Think Forward for student access

The average debt after a three year undergraduate degree for a UK student at Cambridge is now an estimated £55,380. While our poorest students can borrow much of the money they need, this can act as a deterrent to considering a university education. Churchill has a long tradition of welcoming students from non-traditional Oxbridge schools and regions forged by a desire to help combat entrenched social and economic disadvantage by improving equality of access and equality of opportunity.


Bursaries and hardship grants make a significant difference in encouraging students to apply to Churchill who otherwise might fear getting into debt, and to their educational outcomes once here. These bursaries have only been made possible because of generous alumni support.

  • Our proportion of UK state-educated entrants stands at 75%, exceeding the University’s target of 66.1%.
  • Over 100 undergraduates currently receive a means-tested Cambridge Bursary.
  • Almost 70% received the maximum annual bursary of £3,500, awarded to those with family incomes lower than £25,000.
  • Almost a quarter of a million pounds is needed each year for the College to fund this number of Cambridge Bursaries.

Now more than ever before, it is vital that the College has at its disposal the funds needed to continue to reach, support and transform as many of the best young minds as possible, regardless of their financial circumstances.