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Durham University

Study

Durham Grant Scheme

This information is for students who will start their studies in 2019/20.

What is the Durham Grant for 2019/20 Entry Students?

The Durham Grant for 2019/20 entry provides:

  • extra financial support of £2,000 per year to full-time home undergraduates who do not already have an undergraduate degree and whose household income as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) is less than £25,000;

OR

  • extra financial support from £2,000 down to £200 on a sliding scale to full-time home undergraduates who do not already have an undergraduate degree and whose household income as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) is between £25,000 and £42,875.

The Durham Grant is non-repayable, and you do not have to apply for it. If you are living in College or College-managed accommodation (as most first years do) your Durham Grant will be provided as money off the cost of your accommodation. If you are living in privately rented or owned accommodation your Durham Grant will be paid into your bank account.

If your household income as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) remains below £42,875, you will receive a Durham Grant for every year you are a registered student of the University (even if you're on a year abroad or on a placement year).

How to Apply

You do not have to apply to receive your Durham Grant. Eligibility will be based on household income as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) as at 1 September 2019. Provided that you and your parents/partner consented to share their household come with the University during the student finance application process, Student Finance England (or equivalent) will pass your household income to the University. We will use this information to award your Durham Grant, and will e-mail you to notify you. We will e-mail your Durham University e-mail address. If Student Finance England (or equivalent) haven't assessed your household income as at 1 September 2019 don't worry, we award Durham Grants throughout the academic year. We will award your Durham Grant on the basis of your household income as at the date on which Student Finance England (or equivalent) assessed it, and will e-mail you to notify you shortly afterwards.

We will start awarding Durham Grants from 1 September 2019. No Durham Grants will be awarded after the end of the academic year on 28 June 2020, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

How it's Paid

If you are living in College or College-managed accommodation, your accommodation invoice will be reduced by the amount of your Durham Grant. You will have to pay the remaining balance in termly instalments.

If you are living in privately rented or owned accommodation and Student Finance England (or equivalent) assess your household income before mid-November you should receive your Durham Grant payments as set out below.

Payment Date

Payment Amount

13 December 2019

34% of total Grant

20 March 2020

33% of total Grant

26 June 2020

33% of total Grant

If Student Finance England (or equivalent) assess your household income after mid-November you will receive the first instalment of your Durham Grant approximately three working weeks after receiving your notification e-mail.

Payment into students' bank accounts is carried out by Student Finance England (or equivalent) on behalf of the University, using the bank account details you provided for payment of your student finance. If you need to change your bank account details please contact Student Finance England (or equivalent).

Suspensions and Withdrawals

Please note that students who are eligible for the Durham Grant will only be paid each termly instalment if they are registered students of the University on specific "trigger dates". Trigger dates will be published at a later date,

Further Information

If you have any queries about your Durham Grant please contact the Undergraduate Team in the Scholarships and Student Funding Office on financialsupport.undergraduate@durham.ac.uk or +44 (0)191 334 6063.