Balliol student

Finance and Support

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 will help you work out what your costs would be and tells you (below) about the financial support that is available.


If you come to Balliol, your costs while you are here will fall into two main categories.

1. Course fee

All students on full-time undergraduate courses have to contribute towards the cost of their tuition each year, in the form of the course fee. The course fees (for which Home students can access a tuition fee loan from the UK government for the full amount) covers your teaching, and other academic services and facilities provided by the University and Balliol to support your studies. It does not cover your accommodation or other living costs. The amount of the course fee depends on your residence classification (Home, Islands or Overseas), which determines your fee status, and in certain cases on your course and your household income. See more details of course fees

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

For most home students who are eligible for public support, filling this form in is relatively straightforward. The University website’s student funding section gives lots of helpful information, and we are here to help answer any questions you may have (undergraduate@​balliol.​ox.​ac.​uk).

2. Living costs

See this overview of average living costs at Balliol. The University also provides estimated costs for a year’s accommodation, food and living in Oxford.

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 course 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). 

Organ Scholarships

Balliol appoints organ scholars on a biannual cycle: please see the Organ Scholarship page for details.

Financial support

  • Government grants and loans are available to help with fees and living costs: see the University’s government support page.
  • Oxford offers generous non-repayable bursaries and scholarship programmes to ensure that an Oxford education remains affordable to all students: see the University’s Oxford support page.
  • Balliol is determined to provide an outstanding education for students of exceptional talent, regardless of their background, and it has a number of sources of financial support available to current students. 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). 
  • See also this overview of other ways in which the College gives financial support and other benefits to its students.