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
We are committed to supporting students who require financial support. At present, the Hertford Bursary is £1,000 a year to all UK undergraduates studying for a 1st degree who are assessed by their regional funding agency as having a household income of less than £53,000. The bursary is not available for PGCE or Graduate entry Medical students. This bursary is in addition to any government loans and grants, the Oxford bursary, and the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship programme.
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.
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.
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.
Preston Travel and Research Fund
The Preston Travel and Research Fund is designed to support undergraduates through the provision of small scale grants to enable them to undertake projects with a demonstrable connection to their academic experience while at Hertford College. The Fund is not a substitute for ‘hardship’ support, nor is it designed to provide any kind of long-term financial support. It exists to enable students to undertake specific academic-related projects or activities that they might otherwise be prevented from undertaking because of financial constraints.
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.
Academic Vacation Residence
All UK/EU undergraduates are eligible to apply for academic vacation residence for which a vacation grant is funded by the College. This applies to those required to remain in Oxford to study for finals, prepare dissertations or undertake other course directed reading. The application must be supported in writing by the Tutor. Rent will be charged for the period booked and confirmed by the Accommodation Manager at 25% of the vacation rent rate up to an absolute maximum of 37 nights a year. If the entitlement is exceeded rent will be charged at the normal vacation rent rate. There is no rebate for nights when the vacation residence has been booked but not used.
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.