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Fees and funding

These pages aim to show that the vast majority of students can afford to invest in their future by studying at Durham University. Once you have read through them you should have an idea of:

  • How much university is going to cost you
  • What scholarships and financial support are available
  • Managing your finances.

Want to know more?

You can find up-to-date information on student finance, including details on how to apply for finance and paying back your student loan by visiting

Did you know...

  • Most English students studying in the UK, and EU students studying at English universities, won't have to pay up front for tuition; the cost will be covered by a loan supplied by the government and paid direct to the institution for you.
  • Most students can also get a loan to help with living costs from the Government.
  • These loans are rolled into one. You only pay back your loan once you've left university and are earning over £21,000
  • Your monthly payment rate will be based on how much you earn, not how much you borrowed. So if your salary is £25,000 a year, you pay nine per cent of £4,000, which works out as £6.92 a week. 
  • You will pay 9p for every pound you earn over the £21,000 repayment threshold.
  • Government grants, which you don't have to pay back, are also available to help with living costs, though these depend on your household income.
(Reference: Student Finance - Directgov)

Student Funding: The Facts

Martin Lewis from discusses student funding from 2012.

Get in touch...

If you need further support or advice, please contact the Student Financial Support Office by email or by telephone 0191 334 6116

We are here to help! 

The new Student Finance system

Information for you on the new Student Finance system: find out costs, your eligibility for financial support, and calculate your repayments. Visit
for details.

Did you know...?

Durham was ranked 6th in The Top 10 Best Value Universities in The Student Value for Money Report 2012.