Can I afford it?

We know that you may be concerned about the cost of studying at Oxford and Balliol, and we are committed to helping as much as we can. This page aims to help you work out what your costs would be and to tell you about the financial support that is available.


If you come to Balliol, your costs while you are here will fall into three main categories: the University Tuition Fee, the College Fee and your general living costs.

University Tuition Fee

All students on full-time undergraduate courses have to contribute towards the cost of their tuition, in the form of the University Tuition Fee. The amount of Tuition Fee depends on your residence classification (Home-EU, Islands or Overseas), which determines your fee status, and in certain cases on your course and your household income. You can find details of the University Tuition Fee here.  

If we offer you a place, we will send you a financial declaration form. This form first establishes your fee status, and then helps us to establish how you will meet the costs of your course. It also helps us to be sure that you have applied for support as required, and enables us to be confident that if you encounter hardship once on course, it is genuinely unforeseen.

For most home and EU students who are eligible for public support, filling this form in is relatively straightforward. The student funding section of the University website gives lots of helpful information, and we are here to help answer any questions you may have (

College Fee

Students with Home or EU fee status are not charged the College Fee. The College Fee for students not eligible for public funding in the academic year 2013/2014 is £6,465.

Living costs

You can read an overview of average living costs at Balliol here. The University also provides estimated costs for a year’s accommodation, food and living in Oxford. Further information is available for incoming students on the Fees and Finances page of the Freshers’ e-Guide, including Balliol’s annually revised estimates of expenditure

Overseas students

For students from other countries the University student funding pages have more information. The University has a number of scholarships for overseas students. In addition, Balliol has some financial support for overseas students.

We will need to make sure you can meet the cost of the University Tuition Fee (see above) for the whole length of the course, and the financial declaration form will ask you to provide evidence of this (the form explains what sort of evidence we will need).  

Financial support

The University is adopting robust and flexible financial support arrangements (including bursaries and partial fee waivers) to ensure that an Oxford education remains affordable to all students. This page shows potential sources of financial support.

Balliol is determined to provide an outstanding education for students of exceptional talent, regardless of their background, and has a number of sources of financial support available; there is more information in the Money Matters booklet. We may award some of our scholarships and financial support on the basis of the information we receive via your financial declaration form (see above).