Maintenance payments


LSE offers many students a maintenance stipend along with a tuition fee payment from our scholarships.

The maintenance stipend of your scholarship is to cover your living costs such as accommodation, travel, food etc.

In order to give you access to these funds for your living costs, LSE previously produced a cheque at the start of each term for you. However, in light of the impact of coronavirus across the globe, LSE's Financial Support Office along with colleagues in the Finance Division have arranged for all Summer Term stipend payments to be paid direct by bank transfer. This will be done in collaboration with Western Union. If you are due a stipend payment for the summer term you will be contacted by email from Financial Support with guidance and instructions of how to sign up for this online service with Western Union.

Please look out for an email in early April in your LSE inbox and also do check your Junk inbox too.

The Summer Term stipends are due to be released Monday 4 May 2020. This payment date is fixed and cannot be changed.

All Summer Term stipends will be paid in full to registered students even though you are no longer studying on the LSE campus.

If you have any questions about this please contact us on financial-support@lse.ac.uk, we are currently working remotely, please bear with us as responses may take slightly longer

LSE Term Dates can be found here

My LSE scholarship fee payment

During the start of the academic year information on awards is updated whilst Registration takes place. This will result in your award being transferred to your LSE tuition fee account. This will take a few days whilst our internal systems process LSE Scholarship awards and fee payments against your registration status. Please do not be concerned if this takes a few days, this will take some time as all the systems update.

How will my stipend be paid?

If you have a maintenance stipend that covers the whole academic session then a payment will be produced for you at the start of each term.

In light of the impact of coronavirus across the globe, LSE's Financial Support Office along with colleagues in the Finance Division have arranged for all Summer Term stipend payments to be paid direct by bank transfer. This will be done in collaboration with Western Union. You will be contacted by email with instructions of how to sign up for this online service with Western Union. 

Please look out for this email, it was sent out on Thursday 9 April 2020 to your LSE email address, also do check your Junk inbox too.

Guidance on how to use the online service 'payee manager' can be found here

If you have problems accessing or using the system please contact Western Union by email at clientquerieseducation@westernunion.com

The Summer Term stipends are due to be released on Monday 4 May 2020. This payment date is fixed and cannot be changed. It is very important that you submit your bank details by 5pm Monday 27 April 2020 (GMT) to make sure your stipend payment is included. 

All Summer Term stipends will be paid in full to registered students even though you are no longer studying on the LSE campus.

If you have any questions about your stipend please contact us on financial-support@lse.ac.uk, we are currently working remotely, please bear with us as responses may take slightly longer. 

How much will I receive?

For each academic session all maintenance stipends will be split into approximate thirds, with the Summer Term instalment slightly higher. Even though the Summer Term is shorter, there is a long gap until the start of the next term.

If your award is less than £1,000 for the whole session then you will be paid the full amount of the award in the Michaelmas Term.

Examples of the payment breakdown:

Maintenance stipend = £10,000
Termly Values: £3,300 | £3,300 | £3,400

Maintenance stipend = £14,400
Termly values: £4,752 | £4,752 | £4,896

Maintenance stipend = £17,009
Termly values: £5,612.97 | £5,612.97 | £5,783.06

Maintenance stipend = £18,000
Termly values: £5,940 | £5,940 | £6,120

What if I cannot collect my cheque?

If a cheque has been produced for you it is valid for six months from their date of issue.

If you are an ESRC or LSE PhD Studentship holder and unable to collect a cheque due to fieldwork commitments then alternative arrangements can be made. Please see further details below and contact us before you start your period of fieldwork. 

You can nominate a third party to collect the cheque on your behalf or it can be posted to you if you provide your current correspondence address.

Please email financial-support@lse.ac.uk from your LSE email account and cc the person you wish to nominate, putting '3rd party cheque collection' in the subject. The nominated person will then need to show their own ID and a copy of the email at the SSC counter in order for the cheque to be released to them.

How do I receive my stipend if I am on fieldwork?

The Financial Support Office and the PhD Academy must be informed of the period that you are away from the School due to your fieldwork.

If you are currently away from campus due to your fieldwork commitments alternative arranges can be made to allow you to still receive your stipend funds.

The Financial Support Office can pay your stipend by BACS, for Summer Term 2020 we are working with Western Union on this process, you will be contacted in early April to sign up for the BACS payment process.

Once you have returned from your fieldwork please let the Financial Support Office know as soon as possible. 

What if my stipend payment is for the wrong amount?

If you receive a scholarship maintenance payment that you think is incorrect please contact the LSE Financial Support Office immediately. If you accept money that you are not entitled to, you will have to repay it. This also applies if you interrupt or withdraw from your studies shortly after accepting a maintenance payment for the whole term.