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Financial Support

We know it can be a challenge to cover the costs of taking a degree. So Pembroke also offers other types of financial support to all students.   

Most of the support we can provide is linked to your household income, but we do award some smaller grants regardless of income.

Means Tested support

We aim to offer financial help to any student who receives means-tested support, beyond the Cambridge Bursary Scheme. For further information, see our Current Student pages.

Pembroke hardship grants

Our means-tested awards are designed to meet our students’ financial needs. But we know that circumstances can sometimes change at short notice.

If you suddenly find yourself with extra costs, Pembroke has a flexible scheme which offers funds to those who face hardship at any time during their course. You’ll need to be prepared to discuss your financial circumstances with your Tutor, but these conversations will of course be confidential.

Pembroke support for other costs

Where possible, we offer financial assistance to help students with specific study-related costs, course-related travel and some extramural activities.

  • Grants to support students who need to remain in Cambridge outside term-time for study purposes
  • A book grant of up to £75 per year towards relevant course books
  • Advanced-level music lessons
  • Additional language teaching (where appropriate)
  • Travel grants for work-related trips
  • Exchange schemes with other universities
  • Grants for sports-related expenses for serious sportsmen/women
  • Purchase of essential course equipment

Pembroke Merit Awards

Pembroke offers a range of scholarships and prizes for students through the course of your undergraduate degree. Further information on these can be found on our Current Student pages.

Paid employment

Cambridge terms are short and very intense, so we don’t normally allow students to take paid employment during term time. Most students do however work during the holidays.

Pembroke runs Spring, Summer and Fall Programmes for students from overseas universities. Many of our undergraduates earn money working as assistants on these programmes, which allows them to stay in Cambridge during holidays.