Admission to Hertford is solely based on academic merit and potential. We believe that no UK undergraduate should be deterred from applying to Hertford for financial reasons – this is why we offer financial support to those who demonstrate their need.
Oxford University has one of the most generous packages of fee waivers and bursaries for undergraduates, compared with other English universities. You can find more about current University support by using the Fees, Funding and Scholarship search feature.
At Hertford we have a very generous bursary scheme for undergraduate students. We also provide grants to student experiencing unexpected financial hardship and offer financial support for graduate study too.
To help with living costs, we provide accommodation for all years of undergraduate study at competitive prices. Our meals are good value for money too, provided on a pay-as-you-go basis and invoiced at the end of term.
Hertford College Undergraduate Bursary
Hertford College provides a means-tested bursary to all UK and EU undergraduates studying for a first degree. The bursary is means-tested, and the current threshold for eligibility is a household income of less than £51,619. In the 2018-19 academic year students that were eligible for the bursary received £1,000. This bursary is in addition to government loans and grants, as well as the Oxford Bursary and Crankstart Scholarship.
We are reviewing our current provision in light of the recently announced University funding package for entry in October 2020.
Awards are will be confirmed once a student is enrolled at the college. The bursary is not available for PGCE or Graduate entry Medical students. There is no application process provided you have been financially assessed by your regional funding agency and you have consented to share information on your household income with the University on your assessment application. The Hertford Bursary will be automatically credited to your college account in two equal instalments in January and April.
Student Support Fund
Students who experience unexpected financial hardship during their time at Hertford may apply for a grant from the college Student Support Fund. Grants are available to UK, EU and overseas undergraduates and graduates and are awarded termly on the recommendation of the Student Support Sub-Committee.
Summer Research Studentships
We offer up to six undergraduate studentships every summer, giving our students the opportunity to work in Oxford outside of their examined syllabus and to get a taste of research in a specific area. Students can work alongside Hertford Fellows or Lecturers (or a supervisor from another college or department) in a research-project environment, such as archival, laboratory or fieldwork. Studentships last for up to six weeks and include college accommodation, food and a weekly living allowance of £75.
The Heywood-Webb Travel Fund
This fund was set up in memory of Lord Jeremy Heywood, former Cabinet Secretary and Honorary Fellow of the college who read Modern History & Economics at Hertford from 1980 to 1983. The fund supports student travel which broadens their development, either related or unrelated to their subject of study.
The Ben Ogden Memorial Travel Fund
This fund was set up in memory of a Law graduate, Ben Ogden, who read Law with German at Hertford between 2004 and 2008. The fund provides support for a Hertford student (or students) participating in a project involving pro bono activities abroad, with a preference for legal pro bono activity.
'Free Nights' Vacation Residence
All first-time undergraduates receive up to 12 free nights of accommodation per annum, which covers the nights before the official start of each term. You are also provided with an allowance of seven free nights per academic year which can be used for any purpose and roll over into subsequent years if unused.
Scholarships of £200 per year for two years (with possible extension for four year courses) are awarded to undergraduates who obtain a distinction or 1st in their first public examinations.
University Language Courses
Hertford undergraduates who undertake an OPAL language course with the Language Centre are eligible for a 50% reimbursement of the course fees upon successful completion. Please note that the examination entry fee is not reimbursed by Hertford.