Bursaries and financial support

It is a belief that is strongly held at St Augustine’s that no prospective student should have to forgo study because of financial constraints.

If you are a student who might benefit from financial support in order to study with us, there are a number of ways you can access this help.

Chair of Trustees, the Rt Revd Dr Martin Gainsborough, shows his commitment to supporting students to be able to study at St Augustine’s, regardless of financial background.

The Tattersall Bursary Fund

The Tattersall Bursary Fund provides financial support to St Augustine’s students.

If your personal financial circumstances might prohibit or limit your studying with us, you can apply for funding through this bursary.

Please be aware that you are required to fulfill certain criteria to apply for funding; see the FAQs on this page for more insight.

Key information about the Tattersall Bursary Fund

  • Applicants can apply for funding to cover up to 80% of their course fees.

  • To be eligible to apply for funding, you must complete and pay for the first term of your chosen course.

  • The amount of funding awarded is decided on a case-by-case basis and is subject to availability.

  • Applying for the bursary is simple and non-intrusive, and any funding awarded is kept private.


Anyone who requires financial support in order to engage in theological study can apply.

While criteria are necessary to ensure fair treatment of applicants, applicants will not be subject to unnecessary or intrusive enquiries about, for example, their financial situation. A certain level of trust is incorporated into the process.

While you can inquire about funding before you enroll in your course, you are required to pay for and complete your first term of study to apply for and receive funding.

Current students are also invited to apply if, for example, their financial circumstances change during their studies.

Ordinands and those training for licensed lay ministry have their fees paid by their supporting diocese; there, they are not eligible for support from this fund.

No, you cannot apply for funding through the Tattersall Bursary Fund before you begin your degree program.

To be eligible for funding, we ask that you pay for and complete the first academic term of your course. The cost of this term will depend on the level of your study:

  • Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program will be required to pay £250 to cover their first term.
  • Students enrolled in an MA or higher will be required to pay £500 to cover their first term.

After completing your first term of study, you will then be eligible to apply for and access funding through the Tattersall Bursary Fund.

The amount of funding each successful applicant receives will depend on availability of funds. This means coverage can vary from year to year.

However, we aim to cover up to 80% of an applicant’s course fees.

For example: If you were studying for a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission over 4 years, your course fees would total £12,400. If you were able to secure funding for 50% of your course fees, you may only pay £6,200. If you secured 80% funding, you will only pay £2,480.

These figures are indications only and may not accurately reflect how funding could affect your course fees.

If you are applying for funding through the Tattersall Bursary, it would be expected that you do not have the financial resources to undertake or complete a course of study.

To support your application, we ask you to provide:

  • a brief statement as to why you are applying for the bursary (detailed figures or financial documentation are not required)
  • a supporting statement from a responsible person: ideally, your minister or someone else in a position of responsibility in your church or diocese.

For more information about the bursary or if you wish to submit an application, please get in touch with our administrative support team. Any personal information you choose to share will be treated in absolute confidence.

You will not be able to apply for or access financial support through the Tattersall Bursary Fund in order to undertake any kind of taster term.

You are welcome to apply for funding after completing your taster term, if you choose to go on to further study. In this case, your taster term fee will count as payment for your first academic term, which means you will be eligible to apply for funding immediately.

The bursary is named after John Tattersall, who served as St Augustine’s treasurer for 12 years before laying down his abacus in 2019 to move on to other ventures.

The college greatly misses John’s guidance and wisdom as treasurer and trustee, as well as his exuberant enthusiasm for the college. In John’s honour, the college launched a new bursary fund to support people studying theology.

Donate to the Tattersall Bursary Fund

The Tattersall Bursary Fund relies on the fundraising efforts and donations of St Augustine’s staff, students, alumni and other supporters.

If you’d like to make a donation and support students who may not otherwise be able to engage in theological study, we’d be very grateful!

St Augustine’s Trustee John Moss explains what the Tattersall Fund bursary is, and how it helps us to put into practice the college’s value of inclusivity.

Other grants and funds

Read our blog post about other organisations that can help with costs