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Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Cheltenham College offers scholarships, exhibitions and awards in a wide range of areas at both 13+ and 16+.

We offer them to boys and girls who show exceptional existing ability and also to those who show high potential. All awards are entirely merit-based and given on the basis of an exam, audition or other appropriate assessment. Children can apply for more than one award if they wish.  


For full details of all the scholarships we offer, read our Admissions and Information booklet (PDF 1.81MB). You can also see a timeline of applications (PDF 150KB) for our awards. To apply for one of our scholarships, please click to download a form below. 

13+ Scholarship Form

16+ Scholarship Form



Cheltenham College is committed to widening access to independent education. To support this commitment, we offer bursaries. Our bursaries are not limited to pupils who show exceptional talent – any child who meets our baseline entrance requirements can apply.  

Our bursaries are means-tested and may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% of the tuition fees payable depending on financial circumstances. A bursary can be applied for alongside a scholarship (or scholarships) if you wish.  

Full information can be found in our Bursaries Policy (PDF 260KB).

If you have any questions about fees, scholarships, exhibitions, awards or bursaries, please do not hesitate to contact The Bursary/Finance team by telephone on 01242 265 643 or by email.

Support for Military Families  

Cheltenham College is proud of its military history. Over 6,000 Old Cheltonians have served in HM Armed Forces in times of war and of those, 702 gave the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Fourteen Old Cheltonians have been awarded the Victoria Cross.  

This tradition continues to this day. Cheltenham College is one of only three schools in England to have its own military colours and all pupils have the opportunity to be a part of the CCF. We regularly have pupils leave College to enter HM Forces. Our staff includes many ex-military personnel, who each understand the best way to support and nurture the children of military families. We also offer discounts to military families for children at both The Prep and Cheltenham College. These discounts can be combined with a means-tested bursary.  

The links we have and the support we provide means that today over 40 HM Forces families have chosen Cheltenham College for the education and care of their children.  

In recognition of the distinguished relationship between College and the military, we are proud to offer the below discounts.

Discounted Fees for Military Families  

DiscountArmyNavyAir Force
25%All ranks Captain and below All ranks Lieutenant and belowAll ranks Flt Lieutenant and below
15%All ranks Major and aboveCommodore
Lt Commander
Air Commodore
Group Captain
Wing Commander
Squadron Leader