Please note that the information below relates to the 2013/14 academic year. Details of the 2014/15 scheme will be released in due course.
If your household income is below £36,000, you will be entitled to additional financial support from the University in the form of a Chamberlain Award. Please note that this page provides details on the arrangements for the 2013/14 academic year.
Am I eligible for a Chamberlain Award?
In order to be eligible you must:
be a UK-resident student undertaking 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 reassessment to determine eligibility.
What does the Chamberlain Award offer?
At Birmingham we recognise the importance of the full residential experience and therefore if you are from a priority group you will receive an accommodation discount up to the value of £4,750 if you choose to live in University-owned properties and complete an application form by the University deadline of 31 May 2013.
Please note: The application deadline for priority group students wishing to reside in University accommodation has now passed. If you have missed this deadline you will now be assessed on your household income.
If you do not fall into a priority group but have an assessed household income below £36,000, you will receive support in the form of a cash bursary (an additional £2,000 fee reduction is available for students with a household income of less than £16,190).
Please note that EU students will only be able to claim this award as a fee reduction.
If you are in receipt of a Chamberlain Award for your year of entry, you may also qualify for an award from your School or College depending on your choice of subject.
Am I in a priority group?
Priority for a Chamberlain Award will be offered to:
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.
How do I apply?
If you do not fall into a priority group, you will not need to make an application. Provided you have consented to share your information on your Student Finance application we will assess you automatically based on your household income and will send an award notification letter to your home address.
The application deadline for priority group students wishing to reside in University accommodation was 31 May 2013; unfortunately we cannot accept any further applications beyond this date. If you have missed this deadline you will now be assessed based on your household income.
When will I be paid?
If you qualify for the cash bursary, payment will be made in two equal instalments, one on 31 January and one on 2 May 2014. Payment will be made directly into the bank account you have nominated for your Maintenance Loan or Grant.
If you qualify for either a tuition/accommodation fee reduction, instructions will be included in your award letter.
What will I receive in subsequent years?
Eligible students will continue to receive their award (subject to annual reassessment of entitlement).