Whilst studying at Durham, your principal outgoings will be your college bills and day-to-day costs like going out, books, and stationery. However, there are also a number of different sources of income, especially if you are short of money or come from a low-income family. A number of these schemes are detailed below:
- Access to Learning Fund - ALF
This is administered by the University and can give grants or loans to students who have special circumstances or who are in danger of having to leave the University because of financial problems. The Senior Tutor has the application forms and can give advice.
- Van Mildert Hardship Fund
Funded partly by past students' donations, partly by trading profits, college can give grants or loans to students in financial difficulties or to overcome particular problems. Application should be made in a letter to the Principal, giving as much detail as possible about your financial position. It is a good idea to talk to a Senior Tutor first.
- Durham Hardship Fund
The University has a centrally administered hardship fund which is there to help those students who are not eligible for support from the ALF Hardship Fund (see above). This applies mainly to overseas students or others who do not have 'home student' status. In cases of severe financial difficulties the University Hardship fund may be used to supplement grants or loans from the ALF fund. The Senior Tutor has the application forms and can give advice.