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Access - Financial Aid

Eton’s central purpose is the provision of education. The Provost and Fellows are committed to the provision of scholarships and bursaries designed to widen access to the education that Eton provides. In 2019/20, the College met the target set by the Provost and Fellows for 70 boys in the school to receive full fee remission, with 90 boys in total paying nothing for their education. The College wishes to maintain fee remission at that level and is aiming for 25% of boys in the school to be financially assisted. Scholarships are fee reductions awarded through competition on academic or musical merit, and bursaries are fee reductions awarded according to financial need. Assessments of financial need are made through detailed means tests.

During 2018-19, the total amount spent on fee remission at Eton College will have totalled approximately £6,700,000.

Scholarships were awarded to over 140 boys. King’s Scholarships are awarded on academic promise and Music Scholarships on musical promise; both provide a 10% reduction in the school fee and are supplemented by bursaries according to need up to full fees if this is necessary to let a boy take up his place. Sixth Form Scholars and New Foundation Scholars, all of whom are boys from state schools, pay only what their families can afford. From September 2020, the sixth form entry route will be via the means-tested Orwell Award, which, under most circumstances, will offer boys a free place plus widespread support towards music lessons and other extras.

As well as those that may be added to scholarships, bursaries are available to boys who would not otherwise be able to afford to come to Eton or (if circumstances change) stay at the school. The number of boys with bursaries (excluding those bursaries associated with scholarships) was over 130. 

We are determined to support families and boys who might be interested in exploring the idea of coming to Eton with their applications. Please follow this link to find out more about how to apply. Whatever questions you may have, however big or small, please contact our Admissions team on 01753 370611.