Paying your battels
You will be billed via ‘battels’ (the Oxford term for an invoice for fees and charges) annually in advance at the start of the academic year for your course fees, and termly in advance at the beginning of each term for room charges. Bills are sent by email at the beginning of each term, and are payable by the Friday of 1st Week.
You can pay by the following methods:
Catz is a cashless college. Payment for meals, drinks, and booking and paying for events, is via your University Card, which acts like a pre-paid debit card. You load money onto it via the Upay website. You can also view guest lists and details of future events you’ve booked. Parents and guardians may also top up your cashless account using your unique log-in details, which are available once you’ve registered.
Postgraduate research students who are still under active supervision beyond their maximum period of fee liability are liable to pay a College continuation charge which is £127 per term for the 2020/21 academic year (there are three terms in each academic year).
Loans for course fees
Many students can access loans to support their course fees from their home governments, and this will vary from country to country. More information on some of the support provided can be found on the University website.
The University and its colleges offer an impressive range of scholarships, bursaries and other support to students, making a college like Catz an affordable place to study.
In addition, there are opportunities for students take up paid employment at the College during the Long Vacation, such as supporting the work of the Conference and Development Offices, to supplement their finances. This makes a difference to your term-time finances and earns valuable experience for your CV. The Oxford Careers Service website may also assist you in finding employment in the Long Vacation.
A list of available financial support can be found below. In addition, there is also a list of prizes and awards offered for academic merit and or enterprising endeavour, which can be found here.
Undergraduate Oxford Bursaries
If you are a Home (UK) or EU undergraduate student from a lower-income household, you will be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary to help with living costs. There is no separate application process for Oxford’s bursaries as these are based on the household income assessment carried out by your regional funding agency. When you apply for UK government funding you should simply ensure you have given consent for the University to access your household income figure so that Oxford can consider you for this funding. More information can be found here.
St Catherine’s College Student Support Scheme
The College offers financial support to students if, for example, their financial circumstances have changed and they have already applied for other public funds. The funds available under this scheme are open to all students – undergraduate, graduate, UK, EU and non-EU.
To apply please complete this form.
Completed forms should be sent to the College Hardship Officer – with a title Family Name, First Name – St Catherine’s Student Support Scheme.
Access to Learning & University Hardship Funds
The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) is provided by the government to assist UK undergraduates, postgraduates, and some other classes of students, who experience financial difficulty. The University Hardship Fund is provided by the University to assist all students who experience unexpected financial difficulties.
To apply please e-mail College Hardship Officer – with a title Family Name, First Name – Hardship Application.
Graduate Research Expenses Fund
A small fund exists to which postgraduate students may apply for help with research expenses, particularly for fieldwork, attendance at conferences, or visiting libraries with material unobtainable in Oxford. It can also be used for help towards the costs of books, printing, photocopying, thesis binding and continuation charges.
Full-time postgraduate students accrue an entitlement to claim £220 for each year that they have been enrolled and paying course fees for their current programme of study, up to a maximum of three years, and part-time postgraduate students accrue an entitlement to claim £110 for each year that they have been enrolled and paying course fees for their current programme of study, up to a maximum of six years. This amount may be carried forward if it was not spent in the year in which it was accrued, but it cannot be carried forward to a new programme of study, and the student must be a current enrolled postgraduate member of the University to be eligible to apply. A claim may be submitted at any point during the academic year.
Students should apply in writing by email to the Academic Office, giving details of the amount of funding required and the use to which it will be put, together with their bank details. A letter of support from the student’s supervisor or course director must also be supplied. Afterwards the applicant should supply (copies of) receipts and a brief write-up.
Applicants are expected to apply to their Department or Faculty as well as to the College for financial support.
Sembal & Trump Clinical Medicine Funds
Clinical medicine students on the 2nd BM or accelerated graduate entry medicine course are entitled to claim up to £204 from the Sembal Fund towards books and equipment and up to £575 from the Trump Fund towards travel and other expenses associated with their elective. Claims may be submitted at any point during the course.
Students should apply in writing by email to the Academic Office, giving details of the amount of funding required and the use to which it will be put, together with their bank details. A letter of support from the student’s tutor must also be supplied together with (copies of) receipts.
Graduate Academic Absence Scheme
The College will consider applications for a rebate of the nightly charge for postgraduates resident either in College or St Catherine’s House for periods spent attending conferences or on field research during the Christmas and Easter vacations. To apply please complete this form. Completed forms should be sent to the College Hardship Officer .