Bills & Finance

The payment of your College bill demands early action each term. Payment dates and information are available at the below page:

Paying your Bill

There is a flat rate fine of £20 for late payment and interest is added to bills at base rate plus 10% if they are not paid within ten days of the due date in each term. To pay such interest is clearly undesirable and in the case of financial difficulties you should consult your Tutor before the deadline arrives. If an account is still unpaid by the end of the term in which it was due, College Council does not allow the student back into residence until the account has been settled.

There are a number of Government and University funds to which students, if eligible, can apply to help in cases of hardship. For further information, refer to the Health and Welfare webpage.

Financial Hardship Funds

It is generally accepted that University students are often managing on limited funds. At times this financial hardship can affect student’s ability to work, their health and general welfare. There are a number of ways in which these difficulties can be alleviated and College Tutors are usually best placed to know where and how to obtain funds for students.

Tutors are always happy to discuss financial problems with students and nobody should be deterred from seeking help because they feel their problem is too minor and will not be taken seriously.

Details of certain College and University Funds can be found below. Lists of other grants, awards and prizes for the whole University are listed in the Reporter (Special Edition).

College Hardship Fund

Girton College has its own hardship fund (The Buss Fund) which is administered by the Tutors as a group.

The purpose of the fund is alleviate acute student financial hardship either by way of loans or more often grants to undergraduate members of the College. Funds are unfortunately limited, although a substantial part of the College appeal work is directed at raising money for this fund. It is important to direct the funds to the most needy and allocations are made at fortnightly meetings of all Tutors.

There is no rigid formula governing the type or amount of award. This is a deliberate policy as each case is different and all considered individually on their merits. Inevitably there is an element of ‘means testing’ in this process and students are asked to complete a Hardship Fund Application indicating their incomings and outgoings. Any other relevant information such as the necessity to visit seriously sick relatives is also taken into account.

Student Academic Fund

College has established a fund to provide grants for a number of academic purposes including vacation project or elective work, exceptional dissertation expenses and other academic costs related to particular subjects not covered by other College funds. The Committee meets termly to consider applications. Further details can be obtained from Director of Studies and full guidelines can be found here. Application forms can be obtained from Girton and Wolfson Court Porters’ Lodge. An email will be sent out when applications can be made and the deadlines can be found on the application form.

Isaac Newton Trust: Cambridge Bursary Scheme

These bursaries, available at all Colleges, are administered by Trinity College and are provided to all UK students eligible for the maximum student loan. Information on how to apply is sent automatically to all those eligible.

For further details, visit the Isaac Newton Trust website.

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund is provided by the Government to support students on low income, with high living costs. These funds are allocated by the University centrally (not by the College). Grants are decided on a strict formula based on living costs, which often means that many students are not eligible. Application forms are available from the Tutorial and Admissions Office, who submit the application on behalf of the student.

Bell, Abbott & Barnes Fund

This is another University wide hardship fund which can be approached in particular circumstances. Applications are made by Tutors, on behalf of their student, by the division of each Term.