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Durham University

Student Finance

Government Funding

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:

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).

Maintenance Loans/Grants

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.

Student Finance England 2017/18 Disabled Students Allowance Factsheet

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.

Student Finance England 2017/18 Adult Dependants Grant and Parents Learning Allowance Factsheet

Student Finance England 2017/18 Childcare Grant Factsheet

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.

Student Finance England 2017/18 Care Leavers Factsheet

Student Finance England 2017/18 Independent Student Status Factsheet

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 financialsupport.undergraduate@durham.ac.uk or 0191 334 6063.