Bursaries for students


Oak Hill offers a number of bursaries to enable a wide range of students to access theological training.

  • Our Access Bursary is designed to increase the breadth of our student body and to provide financial support to those who need it most.

Many students are able to raise money from a variety of sources, and we offer support with fundraising. But we also have two further bursaries that can help in particular circumstances.

  • If studying at Oak Hill would be your first undergraduate qualification, you can apply for our Partnership Bursary.
  • Or, if you are a current student and find you have a shortfall on your budget, having explored all other sources, you can apply for one of our Closing the Gap Bursaries.

Find out more about each of these bursaries below, and take a look at the guidance we have put together on our Raising Financial Support page. And if you have any questions about your own situation, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office and they'd be glad to help.


Access Bursary

We want to provide deep-rooted theological training for all who are called to ministry, regardless of ethnicity, sex, and economic or social background, and we long that our life together at College reflects the breadth of God’s people and plans.

If you are female, or from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, or are from a low socioeconomic background, you would be eligible to apply for an Access Bursary. The bursary would cover your tuition fees, and, for full time applicants, a means-tested bursary towards your living expenses. You can apply for this bursary when you accept an offer of a place to study at Oak Hill. The closing date for Access Bursary applications is 12noon on Monday 3 July 2023.

Find out more here

Partnership Bursary

For 2023 entry, new students for whom studying at Oak Hill would be their first undergraduate qualification may apply for a Partnership Bursary. With this bursary, the College would consider matching the support pledged to you both by your church and by individual supporters (excluding family members), up to a maximum of £10,000 for full time students and £5,000 for part time students. This would be reviewed annually for the duration of your programme.

Before applying for the Partnership Bursary, eligible applicants must have accepted the offer of a place at Oak Hill. The closing date for Partnership Bursary applications is 12noon on Monday 17 July 2023.

Go to 'Raising Financial Support'

Closing the Gap Bursaries

The Closing the Gap Bursary is designed to make up the last bit of shortfall on your budget and so a student may apply for this bursary when they have explored all other funding sources. The maximum a student can receive as a Closing the Gap Bursary is usually £3,000. There are four application points throughout the academic year (30 September, 31 January, 31 March and 31 May) and you must be enrolled as an Oak Hill student before submitting an application.

We also have an Advance Closing the Gap Bursary to help students for a subsequent year of study when they anticipate a significant change in their funding which jeopardises their ability to stay on. 

More details about both these bursaries are available once a student has started at College.

Go to 'Raising Financial Support'