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Durham Grant Scheme

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In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the University has invested significantly in the Durham Grant Scheme.

The 2023/24 Durham Grant Scheme has been increased by up to 13.6%, above the current rate of inflation.   

Home undergraduates who do not already have an undergraduate degree, and who have a household income of less than £30,000 as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent), will receive a Durham Grant of £2,500.

Home undergraduates who do not already have an undergraduate degree, and who have a household income between £30,00 and £47,200, will receive a Durham Grant of between £2,499 and £799. 

We guarantee that the Durham Grant will remain at this level for academic year 2024/25.

You get your Durham Grant as well as your government funding and you don't have to pay it back.  

You can get a Durham Grant in every year of your studies, provided that your household income remains below £47,200 (your household income is reassessed by Student Finance England or equivalent every year).  This includes years abroad and placement years.  

The table below shows how much Durham Grant you will get, based on your household income.

Household Income Durham Grant
Less than £30,000 £2,500
£30,000 £2,499
£35,000 £1,999
£40,000 £1,499
£45,000 £999
£47,200 £779


Your Durham Grant will be paid into your bank account in termly instalments.  

Term Payment Date % of Full Durham Grant
Michaelmas 27th October 2023 33%
Easter 19th January 2024 33%
Epiphany 3rd May 2024 34%


You do not have to apply for your Durham Grant.  Provided that you have applied to Student Finance England (or equivalent) for your 2023/24 student finance, provided that they have means-tested your application, and provided that you have consented to your household income being passed to the University, you should automatically be awarded a Durham Grant.

We will e-mail eligible students starting from 21st August 2023.  If you have not been means-tested by then, don't worry.  We check for eligible students every week, usually on a Monday, so you should hear from us within a week of being means-tested.  

Further Information

Current students can find further information about the Durham Grant Scheme here.

Incoming Freshers will be able to access this link once they have a Durham University e-mail address.

If you have any queries about the Durham Grant Scheme please contact us on