The value of the Scholarship is divided into two parts, of which one part is means tested.
Non means-tested part
The Scholarship includes a non means-tested cash award of £4,500 per annum. One Hong Kong to London economy class return air ticket per year will also be awarded irrespective of means test results, provided the air ticket is purchased through the Scholarship Scheme under its special arrangements with designated airlines. If the air ticket is not purchased through the Scholarship Scheme or deviates from the designated route, any airfare incurred will not be reimbursed.
Depending on the results of the means test, the Scholarship will also provide financial assistance for students to meet the costs of tuition and basic maintenance. A Full Scholarship will cover the student’s Tuition Fee and College Fee in full, as well as the student’s basic living expenses like college rent, books, meals, transport and other reasonable living expenses.
*If a student does not complete the means test or fails to duly and promptly provide the Means Test Committee with all information requested by the Committee, only the non means-tested part of the Scholarship will be awarded.
The Scholarship is reviewed annually in the light of academic progress and the student’s financial needs, and is normally tenable for the duration of the undergraduate course of three years. In certain cases and subject to good academic performance, the Scholarship may be extended to cover a fourth year.*
*The Scholarship will be awarded in respect of the study of a specified course. The Scholarship holder may not change his/her subject of study at Cambridge except with the prior written approval of the Scholarship Scheme.
How much should I budget for fees and living costs as an overseas student?
You can check the following webpage for detailed information:
If I am granted a full scholarship, will that cover all my expenses in Cambridge?
The full scholarship covers Tuition fee, College fee, a reasonable level of maintenance expense for overseas students, an annual return ticket to Hong Kong and some one-off allowances. Depending on your lifestyle, this should generally be sufficient.
Do I need to go through the means test every year?
Generally, the means test result is used to determine the value of the scholarship for the full course of study. However, you can elect to go through the means test again if your family financial situation has changed since the previous means test.