Eton welcomes talented boys from all backgrounds and can offer significant levels of financial support. During the 2015/16 academic year 273 boys (21% of the school) will receive means-tested bursaries averaging a 66% reduction in school fees, with 73 of those pupils paying no fees at all.
Scholarships are also available to pupils and Eton will spend £6.4 million this year on scholarship and bursary provision - all of which has been funded by generous donations and our endowment.
Ways to secure a funded place:
In year 6 (age 11): upon the award of a conditional place for entry to Eton in year 9, parents can apply for a means-tested bursary.
In year 8 (age 13): a boy with great academic strength from any educational background can win a King’s Scholarship, and an outstanding musician with good academic qualities can win a Music Scholarship. We also award New Foundation Scholarships; an entry opportunity for a small number of boys from UK state schools at age 13. Although such boys might find preparation for the King’s Scholarship difficult to achieve, they will have intellectual potential comparable to that of a King’s Scholar, and sit a special examination based on the national curriculum but designed to draw out that flair.
In year 11 (age 16) : UK students expected to gain outstanding GCSE results can compete for a Sixth Form Scholarship. Boys under the age of 17 on 1 September after taking GCSEs and who are attending a maintained (State) school are eligible to apply. Candidates receiving substantial bursarial assistance at fee-paying schools with no provision for Years 12 and 13 may also apply.
Please note that we do not offer sports or arts scholarships, though such abilities feature strongly in all our selection processes along with all-round personality and suitability for membership of a boarding community.