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Durham University

Student Finance

Durham Grant Scheme FAQs

This information is for home undergraduates only.

Do I need to apply for my Durham Grant?

No, you do not. As long as you have applied to Student Finance England (or equivalent) for your government funding and been assessed, and as long as you have consented to Student Finance England (or equivalent) passing your household income information to the University, you will automatically be awarded a Durham Grant.

When will I hear about my Durham Grant?

We will be awarding Durham Grants from the 1st September 2019 to 26th June 2020, depending on when you get assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent). We will send the first batch of notification e-mails out on or around the 1st September, and weekly thereafter (usually on a Monday).

What happens if I've not been assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) by 1st September?

We award Durham Grants based on household income as at 1st September, or on the first day of the academic year if your income has dropped since the 1st September, or on the date of your first means-tested assessment by Student Finance England (or equivalent). You should receive a notification e-mail within a week of being assessed by Student Finance England.

What should I do if I think I'm eligible for a Durham Grant but I haven't had an e-mail?

If you've been assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent), and if you have been means-tested (i.e. they have based your assessment on your parent(s)/partner's income) and you still haven't received a Durham Grant notification contact us on financialsupport.undergraduate@durham.ac.uk.

What happens if my household income drops during the academic year?

You can only get a Durham Grant if your household income is less than £25,000 (£42,875 for 2019/20 starters) on 1st September, or on the first day of the academic year if your income has dropped since the 1st September, or on the date of your first means-tested assessment by Student Finance England (or equivalent).

You can, however, ask Student Finance England to do a Current Year Income Assessment so that you get more Maintenance Loan, and if this is not enough to meet your essential costs, you can apply to our Student Support Fund.

When do I get my Durham Grant payments?

If you are living in College accommodation your Durham Grant will be deducted from the cost of your College accommodation. You will pay the remainder of your College accommodation in three equal termly instalments (you will receive an invoice showing the original amount of your College accommodation, the amount of your Durham Grant as a deduction and the amount you have left to pay towards the cost of your College accommodation).

If you are not living in College accommodation your Durham Grant will be paid into your bank account in three roughly equal termly instalments on the last day of each term.

You will only receive your payments if you are a fully registered student of the University on a set "trigger date" each term. You will stop being a fully registered student if you suspend your studies or if you withdraw from your studies.

Trigger Dates and Payment Dates

Trigger Date Payment Date Payment Amount
25th November 2019 13th December 2019 34%
2nd March 2020 20th March 2020 33%
8th June 2020 26th June 2020 33%

Can I get my Durham Grant payments early?

No. It is University policy to pay Durham Grants on the last day of term and no exceptions will be made.

If you have a cash-flow issue during the academic year, however, you can apply to our Student Support Fund for an interest-free Short-term Loan which you can repay when your Durham Grant payment comes through.

If you need money to pay rent during the Long Vacation our Student Support Fund operates an interest-free Long Vacation Loan scheme.

Will I still get my Durham Grant payments if I'm on my year abroad/placement year?

Yes.

Will I still get my Durham Grant payments if I suspend my studies or withdraw from the University?

You will only receive your payments if you are a fully registered student of the University on a set "trigger date" each term. You will stop being a fully registered student if you suspend your studies or if you withdraw from your studies.

Trigger Dates and Payment Dates

Trigger Date Payment Date Payment Amount
25th November 2019 13th December 2019 34%
2nd March 2020 20th March 2020 33%
8th June 2020 26th June 2020 33%

Will I still get my Durham Grant payments if I have to repeat a year of study?

Yes.

Will I get a Durham Grant every year?

Your eligibility for the Durham Grant is based on your assessment by Student Finance England (or equivalent), and you are reassessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) each year. So you will only get a Durham Grant for years in which your household income is assessed as being less than £25,000 (or £42,875 for 2019/20 starters).

Do I have to repay my Durham Grant?

No.

Do I have to tell Student Finance England (or equivalent) that I'm eligible for a Durham Grant when I'm applying for my student finance?

No.

Will my Durham Grant payments be disregarded when my benefits are calculated?

They should be, as they are awarded specifically for the purpose of pursuing a programme of higher education rather than for general living costs. If your Durham Grant payments were not disregarded when your benefits were calculated please contact us on financialsupport.undergraduate@durham.ac.uk and we will provide you with a letter to give to to the Department for Work and Pensions.