If your household income is below £36,000, you could be entitled to additional financial support from the University in the form of a Chamberlain Award.
Am I eligible for a Chamberlain Award?
In order to be eligible you must:
- be a UK-resident student commencing a first undergraduate degree in September 2013
- be liable for the full standard undergraduate fee (£9,000)
- not be on an NHS-funded programme
- not be on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme
- not be progressing from a foundation degree
- not be transferring from another institution
- have a household income of £36,000 or less (as verified by the relevant Student Loans Company agency)
The Chamberlain Award will be subject to annual and in-year reassessment to determine eligibility.
We strongly encourage you to view the terms and conditions for the Chamberlain Award (PDF - 319KB) to ensure you are fully aware of the stipulations of the scheme.
Priority for a Chamberlain Award is offered to:
- care leavers
- independent students who are in receipt of selected state benefits*
- students whose parents/carers are in receipt of selected state benefits*
* Benefits include Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit), Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit or Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
What does the Chamberlain Award offer?
If you are from a priority group, have chosen to live in University-owned properties and completed and submitted an application form to us by 31 May 2017 you will continue to receive an accommodation discount up to the value of £4,845.
Please note: If you miss this deadline you will be assessed on your household income.
Household income <£16,190
You will receive a £1,500 cash bursary and a £2,000 reduction to the tuition fees.
Please note: The application of the tuition fee reduction is determined by your domicile:
- Students from England and Northern Ireland: Automatic reduction of your tuition fee loan.
- Students from Wales: Automatic reduction of your Welsh Assembly Grant.
- Students from Scotland: Ineligible to receive the tuition fee element of the award.
Household income £16,191-£25,000
You will receive a £1,500 cash bursary.
Household income £25,001-£36,000
You will receive a £1,000 cash bursary.
EU students - household income <£16,190
You will receive a £2,000 tuition fee reduction. If you believe your household income is below £16,190, have applied for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company and commenced your studies in September 2013, please submit an online enquiry for further information.
Do I need to apply for a cash bursary?
No. Your household income will be automatically assessed once you have applied for financial assessment from Student Finance England and have given consent to share your financial information with the University.
Do I need to apply for a priority group Chamberlain Award?
Yes. If you wish to live in University-owned accommodation in 2017/18, you will need to make an application for a Chamberlain Award by 31 May 2017. Please note you will also need to apply for University-owned accommodation by the same date.
To apply now, please complete our online form.
When will I be notified?
If you have not been notified of your eligiblty for a Chamberlain Award for the 2016/17 academic year, please contact Funding, Graduation & Awards to check your award status. Awards are approved up until the award year closes on 31 May 2017.
Awards for 2017/18 will be approved from September 2017 onwards. IYou should receive a entitlement notification to your email address by 1 December 2017 (please see below).
If you have not received your letter after this date, please log an enquiry via www.studenthelp.bham.ac.uk for the attention of Funding, Graduation & Awards.
How will I be notified?
Once confirmed, you will be sent an entitlement notification email confirming your letter is available to view online. You will need to login to your student finance account at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login
Please note, Student Finance England's secure sites start with 'https' and a small padlock icon appears at the bottom of the browser window. This padlock will confirm the certificate of the website and ensure you're not on a fraudulent site.
When will I be paid?
If you qualify for the cash bursary, payment will be made in two equal instalments, one in late January and one in early May. Payment will be made directly into the bank account you have nominated for your Maintenance Loan or Grant.
If you qualify for a tuition fee reduction, you will receive a separate award notice letter; further instructions can be found on this letter.