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Student Finance

Student Financial Support for students leaving Queen's Campus 2017/18

1. Introduction

As part of the ongoing support for students who are leaving the Queen’s Campus to continue their studies at Durham City and Newcastle University the University has agreed that a financial support package will be made available to students who are facing financial hardship as a result of the transition.

2. Financial support for transferees

The University has agreed that special financial support for students will be made available to those who are suffering financial hardship in any of the three areas below:

  • Additional accommodation costs between Queen’s Campus and Durham/Newcastle
  • Additional travel expenses incurred by having to travel to new study locations
  • Childcare/other costs specific to individual circumstances

In order to be eligible for support students will come from families who have an income of below £62,187 per annum (the household income threshold at which means tested government maintenance loans are no longer provided by the Student Loans Company), and who are able to provide confirmation of their 2017/18 student loan entitlement together with appropriate evidence to support their request for financial support.

If your income has not been assessed by the Student Loans Company you will need to provide evidence of your household income in the form of documents such as:

  • 3 months' pay slips
    OR
  • Latest annual tax summary document
    OR
  • An employment contract
    OR
  • Self-employed accounts

[Your household income is that of your parent(s), in the household you were living in immediately prior to commencing studies. There are exceptions, which are a) if you are a postgraduate student, b) if you were aged 25, on the first day of the academic year support is being applied for, c) you have been married (even if now separated or divorced), d) you were financially self-supporting for at least three years prior to the commencement of your course, e) you have no living parents or that they cannot be traced/contacted. If any of these exceptions apply, then the household income is determined upon your personal income.]

3. Evidence required for transferee financial support

Accommodation Costs:

Students who relocate to Durham City or Newcastle will be required to provide evidence of their current and previous accommodation costs to identify their level of additional expenditure in this area. Students seeking financial support will also need to prove they have taken reasonable steps to seek alternative affordable accommodation in their new location. Having identified the average weekly accommodation costs for students in the Stockton area we will review the evidence provided and, on a case by case basis, will provide a payment equivalent to the average additional cost of accommodation in their new location. Having identified the average weekly accommodation costs for students in the Stockton area we will review the evidence provided and, on a case by case basis, will provide a payment equivalent to the average additional cost of accommodation in their new study location during term time (excluding the summer vacation period).

Travel Expenses:

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health students who are unable to relocate to Newcastle will be eligible for financial support for travelling expenses based on appropriate transport links.

All other students, who are able to demonstrate that it is unreasonable for them to make use of the free transport between Stockton and Durham University, will be potentially eligible for support with their additional travel costs.

Childcare/Other:

On a case by case basis, financial support may be forthcoming to students who are unable to relocate to either the Durham or Newcastle areas, but who incur additional costs associated with this. Each case will be reviewed individually and appropriate evidence will be required to support any claim based on the nature of the claim.

4. Process for making an application for transferee financial support 2017/18

Financial support payments will be made to students on a termly basis, at the start of each academic term.

Students will be expected to submit evidence to support their claim through an electronic application form on DUO. This facility is now available to students you may be eligible to apply for support.

If your course is transferring from Queen's Campus and you cannot access this application form please email funded.students@durham.ac.uk

Click here for a guide on how to complete this form

All requests for support will be processed by the Durham University Student Funding Office.

Payments will be made directly to student bank accounts on a termly basis to ensure that students continue to be registered on their programme of study and remain eligible for financial support.

Proposed payment dates for 2017/17

  • Week commencing 9th October 2017
  • Week commencing 15th January 2018
  • Week commencing 23rd April 2018

5. Applying for a student loan for 2017/18

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health students who need to apply for a Student Loan for the 2017/18 academic year must ensure that they apply through the Student Loans Portal for the correct University.

A Second year medical student in October 2017 will be a Durham University student, and therefore must indicate on their student application that they plan to study at Durham University, as the course will still be taught at Queen's Campus.

All other School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health students will be Newcastle University students in October 2017. It is essential that students indicate on their student loan application that they plan to study at Newcastle University in 2017/18, selecting either the Master of Pharmacy with Honours or the MBBS programme and their correct year of study.

All students transferring from Queen’s Campus to Durham City will continue to apply to the Student Loans Company as a Durham University student.

Access to the Student Loans Portal is available through the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

6. Applying for hardship funding for 2017/18

Hardship Funds in both Durham and Newcastle Universities are separate from the special transferee funding outlined above and deal with normal student hardship situations. Specific transfer costs will not be met from these funds.

Students remaining at Durham University and identified as having a family income above £62,187 per annum will still be able to apply for financial support through the University’s standard Financial Hardship process, if their applications meet’s eligibility criteria. Details of hardship funding can be found here:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/study/finance/hardship/

All students transferring to Newcastle University who experience financial difficulties are eligible to apply for financial support through Newcastle University’s Student Financial Support Fund. However, as this funding is administered on a discretionary basis there is no guarantee that an application will be successful nor will funds be made available to automatically reimburse students with the cost of relocating. More information can be found at:

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/wellbeing/finance/funding/ukstudents/hardship/

7. Contact Information

Students who need further information in the first instance should contact their College Support Office.

John Snow College: snow.studentsupport@durham.ac.uk 0191 334 0035
George Stephenson College: stephenson.welfare@durham.ac.uk 0191 334 0560

Students transferring to Newcastle University can contact the University’s Student Financial Support Team by completing a web enquiry form:

https://my.ncl.ac.uk/students/contact