Chamberlain Award 2020 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 31/05/2021

Award Description

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 2020 to undertake your first undergraduate degree then you may be eligible for additional financial support in the form of a Chamberlain Award. If you joined the University before the 2020/21 academic year, please see the Chamberlain Award information for current students.

The Chamberlain Award for 2020 entry is available to new applicants belonging to one of the following groups:

  1. If your household income is below £25,000
  2. If you successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme and your household income is below £60,000
  3. If your household income is below £60,000 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.

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 2020 entry is £2,000 per year of study, subject to continued eligibility and normal academic progression. For full details, please see our Terms and Conditions. Awards will be paid in two equal instalments: one in late January 2021 and one in early May 2021. Payment will be made directly into the bank account you have nominated for your Maintenance Loan, unless you have opted to divert your cash award to tuition fees or University-owned accommodation fees. More information regarding this option can be found on your Chamberlain Award entitlement letter. 

Students eligible for a standard Chamberlain Award who are from a Polar 4 quintile 1 area 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). This award will be applied as a reduction in your accomodation fees from the end of January in your first year. There is no cash alternative. 

Care Leavers are eligible to receive the Enhanced Chamberlain Award as an alternative to the standard Chamberlain Award. This is offered as either an accommodation fee waiver of up to £6,443 if living in University-owned accommodation or, if living elsewhere, students can choose a £3,000 tuition fee waiver or cash bursary. These awards apply to all years of study. Care Leavers must complete an application form for each year of study before 31 May. 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 automatically assessed for the standard Chamberlain Award based on your household income. You cannot hold both an Enhanced Chamberlain Award and a standard one. 

Eligibility Criteria

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 deemed eligible for maintenance support by the SLC
  • be means tested by the SLC 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)
  • be liable for the full standard undergraduate fee
  • not be eligible to receive NHS funding
  • not be on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, a graduate-entry Medicine programme or any other second undergraduate degree
  • 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) when applying to study at Birmingham as recorded on your UCAS application.

The Chamberlain Award will be subject to annual and in-year reassessment to determine continued eligibility. We recommend that you read the Terms and Conditions for the Chamberlain Award. 

 View the Terms and Conditions for the Chamberlain Award (PDF - 46.8 KB).

How to Apply

You will not need to make an application for the standard Chamberlain Award. However, in order for us to be able to assess you based on your household income, you will need to apply for a means-tested maintenance loan with the Student Loans Company. Please note, you do not need to take out the loan, but you must go through the loan application process in order for the University to be able to assess you for the Chamberlain Award.

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 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 and in-year reassessment; all awards will be finalised on 31 May for the previous year of academic study (e.g. 31 May 2021 for academic year 2020/21). 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 the 7 December 2020 and you believe that you should be eligible for an award, please contact the Funding, Graduation & Awards team. Please wait until the 7 December 2020 before contacting us as not all notifications will have been sent before this date. 


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