Costs and Financial Support
The cost of study can be divided into two parts; tuition fees and living costs. We're committed at Pembroke (and Cambridge University as a whole) to making sure financial need isn't a barrier to anyone who wants to apply to study here.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your course and teaching.
There are various sources of financial support for tuition fees:
- UK Government (England and EU students)
- Student Awards Agency Scotland
- Student Finance Wales
- Student Finance Northern Ireland
- Cambridge Trust (Overseas Students)
All qualifying students, regardless of household income, are eligible for a loan from the relevant body (out of the four UK bodies listed above) to cover all or part of their tuition fees. The loan is paid directly to your institution and you don't need to repay it until you have graduated and earn over the relevant repayment threshold.
If you are not sure whether your fee status is Home, EU or Overseas, advice can be found here.
UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) also provides advice on fee status and for International Students.
Living costs cover all costs excluding your tuition fees. They will vary between individuals depending on their lifestyle.
There are a number of sources of support available for students, including scholarships and bursaries for those who are eligible, to help cover living costs:
Pembroke also offers a range of grants and financial awards to our students, including book grants, travel grants, equipment expenses, and hardships grants and loans. Further information regarding these, and the other financial support options available, can be found on our current student pages.
Cambridge terms are short and very intense, so we don’t normally allow students to take paid employment during term time. Often students do 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 also allows them to stay in Cambridge during holidays.