University and College Fees for Undergraduates
There are, broadly speaking, two elements to the cost of studying at University – fees and maintenance.
For undergraduates, see the table of fees at Cambridge, which consists of the University fee and the College fee.
The College fee is not paid by UK and EU students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree (from any country). The College fee is paid by Overseas’ students, UK and EU students undertaking a second undergraduate degree apart from UK and EU students undertaking a second undergraduate degree in medicine, veterinary medicine or architecture.
Maintenance means the kind of costs you would incur anywhere – rent, food, books and so on. You should allow for this maintenance figure when considering the costs of studying in Cambridge.
Provision for dependents
Additional provision for accompanying dependents should be made in accordance at least with the following rates:
Adult dependent: £6,708
Each accompanying child: £4,000
UK students who already have an Honours degree
In general, applicants who have an Honours Degree (by full-time or part-time study, including correspondence and distance learning) from any country are not eligible for financial support from the government, apart from the Disabled Students' Allowance and dependents related grants. This means that they are ineligible for fee and maintenance loans or the income-assessed maintenance grant. They will be required to pay the College fee, plus the University fee in each year of the course.
There are exceptions for certain degrees, such as architecture, medicine, and veterinary medicine, where the student will not be liable to pay the College fee. Maintenance loans will be available for UK graduates studying these subjects at undergraduate level.
EU students who already have an Honours degree
As above, EU students who already have an Honours Degree from any country will not be eligible for a tuition fee loan and will be liable to pay the College fee and University fee in each year of the course. Students studying for Architecture, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine will not be liable to pay the College Fee.
Once you have been offered a place you will be sent a document with an estimate of the cost of the entire length of your course, and asked to indicate how you expect to finance it. Students are not allowed to take paid employment during term time. Financial plans can include anticipated earnings during the Long Vacation, but you should bear in mind that academic work carries over into a significant part of the Christmas and Easter vacations.