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Student Support


Supporting our students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, is one of our key areas of focus. Student support is a constantly changing environment and we must be ready to adapt and evolve as new challenges for funding are introduced into higher education. Regular donations and endowed funds allow us to match a growing need, and enable us to maintain our goal that Selwyn is a place for all those who have the ability to be here, regardless of their financial situation. 

Undergraduates face tuition fees of £9,250 per year on top of living expenses estimated at £9,000 per year.  On graduation, therefore, the majority of our students will have incurred in excess of £50,000 of debt.  This is quite a different prospect from that enjoyed by many who studied at Selwyn in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s, when Cambridge was able to provide grant maintained education, free from the burden of tuition fees.

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Gifts of all sizes can make a real difference to students at Selwyn, with regular donations- whether they are annual, quarterly, or monthly- and endowed funds going that extra mile in helping us plan for what support we can offer each year. Unrestricted small gifts allow us to be flexible in where the money is most needed in any given term, while with larger donations we can look at endowing more specific identified areas of need, ensuring funding is available in perpetuity for future generations. 

Legacy gifts are directly benefiting students at Selwyn:

  • Funding a Selwyn student currently on a bursary for a year of further study. The first studentship will be offered from autumn 2020
  • A vacation residence grant will support students from lower-income families who wish to remain at Selwyn during the Easter vacation to continue with their studies or finish a dissertation – and it will cover the cost of their accommodation. This will be introduced Lent 2020
  • Grants will offer up to £300 for bursary students who are preparing for the next stage of their career, and is intended to help with items such as application fees, travel, clothing or other costs associated with students’ progression into their postgraduate lives. This will also be introduced Lent 2020
  • Matriculation book and equipment grants will be a payment of £100 for all new undergraduates from autumn 2020, with a further sum of up to £250 available for lower-income students. This is to help with the initial costs of being at university
  • Formal Hall tickets. We want everyone to be able to enjoy Cambridge to the full, and we will therefore introduce for bursary holders an entitlement of up to 6 formal hall tickets per year free of charge. This will start from autumn 2020

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