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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. Please note, though, that this is only the case if Student Finance England (or equivalent) pass your household income information to the University before the end of the academic year (24th June 2022 in 2021/22). We do not award Durham Grants after the end of the academic year so if you are assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) after 24th June 2022 you will not be eligible for a Durham Grant.

When will I hear about my Durham Grant?

We will be awarding Durham Grants from mid-August 2021 to 24th June 2022. If you are assessed for your government funding by Student Finance England after mid-August you should hear from us about a week after assessment. We will send the first batch of notification e-mails out in mid-August, then weekly thereafter (usually on a Monday).

What happens if I've not been assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) by mid-August?

You should get a notification e-mail after you get assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent). It doesn't matter if this is after mid-August, we send out notification e-mails every week during the academic year.

What happens if I'm reassessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) after I get my notification e-mail?

If your household income drops during the academic year we will increase your Durham Grant accordingly. We check on reassesments once a term, usually in the last week of term. We will e-mail you then if your Durham Grant has increased due to a reassessment.

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 e-mail contact the Durham Grant Scheme administrators on financialsupport.undergraduate@durham.ac.uk.

When will my Durham Grant be paid?

Durham Grant Scheme payments are changing!

Your Durham Grant will be be paid in three roughly equal instalments on the dates below:

Term Payment Date
Michaelmas Term Monday 1st November 2021
Epiphany Term Friday 21st January 2022
Easter Term Friday 6th May 2022

Your Durham Grant will be paid into your bank account even if you are living in College accommodation. We strongly recommend that you use your Durham Grant to pay your College accommodation.

You will not be paid unless you provide the University with your bank sort code and account number via DUO. We will send you an e-mail telling you how to do this.

You will only receive your termly payments if you are a fully registered student on certain dates each term. We call these "trigger dates".

Term Trigger Date Payment Date
Michaelmas Term Monday 18th October 2021 Monday 1st November 2021
Epiphany Term Monday 10th January 2022 Friday 21st January 2022
Easter Term Monday 25th April 2022 Friday 6th May 2022

You will stop being a fully registered student if you suspend your studies or if you withdraw from your studies.

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. You will get a Durham Grant as long as your household income is assessed as being less than £42,875 (or £25,000 for students who started thier studies before 2019/20).

Any Other Queries?

If you have any other queries, which cannot be answered by reading the Terms and Conditions, contact the Durham Grant administrators on financialsupport.undergraduate@durham.ac.uk.

We strongly advise you to read the Durham Grant Scheme Terms and Conditions carefully before the start of the academic year.