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Undergraduate Student Support

Affordability should not be a barrier to a student taking up a place at Girton

Undergraduate Bursaries

For Girton to remain truly diverse and offer a transformational educational opportunity to all those who qualify for a place here, the College must be able to provide financial assistance to those successful applicants who need it. On average one in four of our undergraduates would be unable to afford university without the support that a cost-of-living bursary provides. Our bursaries enable these students to take full advantage of everything a Cambridge education has to offer.  Each are means tested and provide a maximum annual award of £3,500.
By supporting one of our bursary funds you can help to make sure every promising scholar is supported to realise their potential. Donate online now:

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The Class Gift

Following a pilot scheme involving alumni from 1958, 1985 and 1990 who have successfully clubbed together to endow an undergraduate bursary, we have now extended our Class Gift Bursary programme to the following years: 1970, 1978, 1981, 1982 and 1983. We welcome further groups of contemporaries getting together including in the lead up to their Reunion Dinners. Please contact us for more information.

Select one of our Class Bursaries to donate online now:

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Student Hardship and Wellbeing

The Buss Hardship Fund provides emergency assistance to students who unexpectedly find themselves in financial need while they are a student at Girton. It is vitally important that students are able to continue their studies whilst feeling supported, and not burdened by financial worries. Your gift to this fund will offer a lifeline to a student in need. The hardship provision can be used by students in a variety of circumstances, including support for travel for family emergencies, to cover unexpected, significant expenses (such as replacing a stolen bike or repairing a broken laptop), to help meet the costs of joining College societies and activities or the costs of short-term mental health counselling. All Girton undergraduates are eligible to apply for a hardship grant. With your help we will be able to provide support to even more students in trouble.

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STEM Smart

Girton continually strives to improve participation by taking part in a range of innovative outreach programmes such as the Foundation Year and a new scheme starting in 2022 called STEM Smart. STEM smart aims to encourage and support educationally disadvantaged Year 12 and Year 13 students who wish to study STEM subjects (Engineering or Physical Science, including Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Materials Science) at degree level by providing teaching, the support of a student mentor and academic work. In order for the College to take part in this ground-breaking scheme we must be able to provide supervisions and residence for those students with the talent and drive to take part, whilst avoiding jeopardising our ability to continue our other great outreach and recruitment activities. Your gift towards STEM Smart at Girton will ensure that we are able to raise the academic attainment and aspirations of the next generation of Girton students

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Mark Hanson

History, 1985, Campaign Board Member

Mark Hanson is a Champion for the Class Gift initiative. He comments, ‘It has been inspiring to see Girton’s ambitious and thoughtful plans and meet some incredibly talented students at the college. The Class of ’85 bursary gift is a great way for our year to come together to support deserving students as part of Girton’s future plans’.

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