Information for Home Undergraduates and PGCE Students
If you are a home fee-paying undergraduate or PGCE student it is likely that your main source of income will be support from the government via Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
Click on the links on the right to view the web-pages of your regional funding body. These should tell you everything you need to know about your funding from the government. We also recommend that you read the appropriate one of these guides to government support:
- English students: Student finance - new full-time students 2017/18, Student finance - continuing full-time students 2017/18 and Student finance - how and when to apply 2017/18
- Welsh students: Student finance - new full-time students 2017/18 and Student finance - continuing full-time students 2017/18
- Northern Irish students: A Guide to Financial Support for Full Time Students in Higher Education 2017/18
- Scottish students: Funding Guide 2017/18.
How Government Funding Works at Durham University (and who to contact if it goes wrong)
Tuition Fee Loans
If you have taken out a Tuition Fee Loan, it will be paid directly to the University once you have registered as a student of the University. Your Tuition Fee Loan will be paid to the University in termly instalments (25% in the Michaelmas Term, 25% in the Epiphany Term and 50% in the Easter Term).
If you have taken out a Maintenance Loan/Grant, you will receive payment in roughly equal termly instalments, one at the start of each term. Freshers will receive payment a couple of days after the start of the Michaelmas Term, once they have registered as students of the University.
Your Maintenance Loan/Grant is based on the income of the adults on whom you are legally dependent, and the amount you receive will depend on your regional funding body's assessment of your "household income". If you think that your household income has been assessed incorrectly please contact your regional funding body in the first instance. The Scholarships and Student Funding Office can also help (our contact details are below).
Extra Support for Disabled Students
If you have a disability, long-standing health condition or specific learning difficulty you may be entittled to the Disabled Students Allowance.
If you are entitled to the Disabled Students Allowance our Disability Support Service will provide you with any information you need about the application process and help you with any problems.
Extra Support for Student Parents and Students with Adult Dependants
If you have children or adult dependants you may be entitled to extra support in the form of an Adult Dependants Grant or a Parents Learning Allowance. If you have children in registered childcare you may be entitled to a Childcare Grant. All of these forms of extra support are paid in roughly equal termly instalments, one at the start of each term. Freshers will receive payment a couple of days after the start of the Michaelmas Term, once they have registered as students of the University.
There is extra information on the Adult Dependants Grant, Parents Learning Allowance and the Childcare Grant below.
Care Leavers, Students who are Estranged from their Parents and Students who have Supported Themselves Financially for Three Years Before the Start of their Studies
If you are a care leaver, if you are estranged from your parents according to Student Finance England's definition, or if you have supported yourself financially for three years before 1 September of the year in which you start your studies you may be entitled to maximum support from Student Finance England.
The charity Standalone supports estranged adults.
There are other definitions of independent than the ones mentioned in the paragraph above the factsheet - see the factsheet for more information.
TIP: If you have a problem with your student finance please contact the Scholarships and Student Funding Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 334 6063.