Finance and support
If you choose to apply to Hertford, we want to ensure that you understand the costs of studying here and know about the financial support which we can offer.
Oxford offers generous non-repayable bursaries and scholarships to support undergraduates from lower-income households, and Hertford can provide supplementary funds for students in financial need. We subsidise our costs and charges to keep your cost of living low. Find out more about how help is on hand.
UK and EU students 2019 entry
Course fees (for which Home/EU students can access a tuition fee loan from the UK government for the full amount) cover your teaching, and other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. They do not cover your accommodation or other living costs (see living costs below).
You may be eligible for government grants or loans, Oxford bursaries, or fee waivers to help fund your course. This depends on where you are from, where you live and what your household income is assessed to be by your regional funding agency. For UK and EU students, full details can be found on the University website.
If you are from outside the EU, you will be classed either as an ‘Overseas’ or ‘Islands’ student and you should be aware that you will not be eligible for any course fee support from Oxford or the UK government. If you are an Overseas student, you will be charged a significantly higher level of tuition fee, which will vary according to your programme of study. Islands and Overseas students may have seen separate figures in the past for tuition fees and college fees. We have now combined these into a single figure.
Michaelmas Term (58 nights) £1,207.56
Hilary Term (58 nights) £1,207.56
Trinity Term (59 nights) £1,228.38
The standard annual licence fee is for 175 days of residence. Rent is charged until the Saturday night at the end of Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, and until the Sunday night at the end of Eighth Week of Trinity Term. Any nights which fall outside of the term are charged as vacation rent at £20.82 per night.
Meals are charged on the basis of items selected.
If you eat all meals in Hall over 175 days it will cost around £1,707. This does not include drinks. There is no meal service on Saturday evening. The price of Formal Hall (Wednesday and Sunday) is: £8.71 excluding drink (2016-17). Meals taken in College are invoiced termly in arrears.
Please be aware that all college charges are reviewed annually with effect from 1 August.
Other living costs
The guideline budget for all living costs for term time residence in Oxford is around £8,000-£9,000 a year. Each student is responsible for their own budgeting. You are advised to budget for books, clothes, toiletries, travel, societies and clubs and social activities – the University guidance is a budget of £2,000 a year.
Details of government grants and loans are available from your regional funding agency. For UK and EU students, full details can be found here. The level of support is means-tested and therefore depends on your household income.
Government tuition fee loans of £9,250 and maintenance loans of £3,821 per year are available for all English students, regardless of household income through Student Finance England. You will not need to pay anything upfront. Your student loan repayments are automatically deducted from your salary by your employer if you earn more than £25,000.
English students from households with incomes less than £25,000 will be entitled to full grant of £3,387 (this will discontinue from next year); if your household income is between £25,000 and £42,620 you will be entitled to a partial grant of between £3,387 and £50. Those with a total household income of less than £25,000 can also apply for a maintenance loan of £8,200.
Oxford University support
Hertford College support
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 (as part of the process described under the ‘University Support’ section above).
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.
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 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.
Summer Research Studentships
Each summer the College offers up to three studentships designed to allow Hertford undergraduates to work with Hertford Fellows or stipendiary lecturers (or with a supervisor from another college, or from a Department or Faculty) in a laboratory or other research project environment; the intention is to offer the opportunity to work outside examined work and get a taste of research in a specific area. The studentships last for up to six weeks, and include food and accommodation in college and a weekly living allowance of £50.
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.
Academic vacation residence
All UK/EU undergraduates are currently 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 a 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.
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.