Chamberlain Award 2023 entry
- Level of study
- Any Undergraduate
- Subject area
- Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
- Type of Award
- Deadline for applying
- Closes 31/12/2023
At Birmingham we believe that financial worries should not be a barrier to accessing higher education. If you are a UK student joining the University in September 2023 to undertake your first undergraduate degree then you may be eligible for additional financial support in the form of a Chamberlain Award. If you are a continuing student who joined the University before the 2023/24 academic year, please see the Chamberlain Award information for current students page.
The Chamberlain Award for 2023 entry is available to new applicants belonging to one of the following groups:
- If your household income is £25,000 or less
- If you successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme and your household income is £60,000 or less
- If your household income is £60,000 or less and you are resident in a Low Progression Neighbourhood (defined as a Polar 4 quintile 1 area) when applying to study at Birmingham, as recorded on your UCAS application (as your home address).
- If your household income is £60,000 or less and you are verified as estranged by the Student Loans Company (SLC).
- If your household income is £60,000 or less and you identify as a care experienced student on your UCAS application (this will be verified by the University's Outreach team).
All household incomes must be assessed and confirmed by the Student Loans Company (SLC) as part of your application for a means-tested Maintenance Loan. Please see below for full eligibility criteria.
Value of Award
The standard Chamberlain Award for 2023 entry is £2,000 per year of study, subject to continued eligibility and normal academic progression. Awards will be paid in two equal instalments: one in late January 2024 and one in early May 2024. Payment will be made directly into the bank account you have nominated for your Maintenance Loan.
Students eligible for a standard Chamberlain Award who are from a Polar 4 quintile 1 area, are care experienced or estranged as verified by the Student Loans Company, and decide to live in University-owned accommodation will receive an additional one-off award of £1,000 (in their first year of study only). Please note that this excludes all partner accommodation, including Oak Brook Park, Battery Park, The Metalworks and Selly Oak Court. This additional award will be applied as a reduction in your accomodation fees from the end of January in your first year. You will receive an email notification on 26 January 2024 if you are eligible for the accommodation award. There is no cash alternative.
Care Leavers are eligible to receive the Enhanced Chamberlain Award as an alternative to the standard Chamberlain Award. Care Leavers must complete an application form for each year of study. Please visit our Enhanced Chamberlain Award webpage for more information. Please note that if we do not receive an application form from you, you will be considered for the standard Chamberlain Award based on your household income. You cannot hold both an Enhanced Chamberlain Award and a standard one.
In order to be eligible for a standard Chamberlain Award you must:
- be a UK-resident student undertaking a first undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham's UK campus
- be a normally registered student at the University of Birmingham
- be deemed eligible for maintenance support by the Student Loans Company (SLC)
- be means tested by the SLC in each year of study and agree to share your household income information with the University (please note that whilst you do need to apply for a Maintenance Loan from the SLC to be considered for a Chamberlain Award, you do not need to take any Maintenance Loan offered to you by the SLC. Please do not cancel your application with the SLC should you not wish to take out a Maintenance Loan).
- be liable for the full standard undergraduate fee, paid to the University of Birmingham
- not be eligible to receive NHS funding
- not be on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme.
- not be transferring from another institution
- have a household income verified by the relevant SLC agency of either:
- £25,000 or less; or
- £60,000 or less and successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme or be resident in a Low Progression Neighbourhood (defined as a Polar 4 quintile 1 area) or be verified as estranged by the SLC or a care experienced student when applying to study at Birmingham as recorded on your UCAS application (as your home address).
The Chamberlain Award will be subject to annual reassessment to determine continued eligibility. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more information.
How to Apply
In order for us to be able to assess you for a Chamberlain Award you will need to apply for a means-tested maintenance loan with the Student Loans Company (SLC) in each year of study. There is not a separate application form for the award – it is all done through your Student Finance application. You do not need to take out a loan if you do not want to, but you must go through the loan application process every year in order for us to be able to assess you for the Chamberlain Award. Please do not leave it too late to apply for Student Finance: you need to be assessed by the SLC and reported to us as being eligible for maintenance support by the 31 December each year in order to meet the deadline for the Chamberlain Award. It is also really important that you do not cancel your loan application with the SLC, even if you do not wish to take out maintenance support, as that will cause us to lose the confirmation of your Chamberlain Award entitlement. Instead, you should enter zero as the amount you want to borrow on your declaration form.
Provided you and your parents/guardians have not opted out of sharing your information on your Student Finance application, we will then assess you based on your household income. You will then be sent an email from the SLC system confirming that your entitlement notification letter is available to view online. You will need to login to your student finance account to view your letter.
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 are not on a fraudulent site.
Awards are subject to annual reassessment; all awards will be finalised on 31 December for the year of academic study (e.g. 31 December 2023 for academic year 2023/24). If you have not been means tested by the SLC and had your eligibility for maintenance support confirmed to us by them before 31 December you will not be eligible for an award. Notifications of entitlement are provisional and may be withdrawn if your circumstances change and you become ineligible for an award.
If you have not received notification of your entitlement to a Chamberlain Award by 1 November and you believe that you should be eligible for an award, please contact the Funding, Graduation and Awards Team. Please wait until 1 November before contacting us as not all notifications will have been sent before this date. You will need to get in touch with us to report your issue before 31 December in order for your case to be considered.
Funding, Graduation and Awards