The increase in tuition fees introduced in 2012 affected
all undergraduate students from the UK and other EU countries who
go to university in England.
The Student Funding Advice Team’s Top Tips
- Apply on time –
applications for university funding usually open at the beginning
of the calendar year in which you are due to start. Apply as soon
as possible to make sure your funding is in place when you
- Do your research –
take the time to research and read as much as you can to ensure you
get the student funding you are entitled to. Don’t presume you will
receive the same as a friend as everyone’s circumstances are
different when it comes to funding support.
- Put together a
budget - it’s important that you try to calculate how much
attending university will cost you. A free online calculator is a
great place to start: www.studentcalculator.org.uk as
it helps you see what you may be entitled to and how much
university can actually cost.
- Start saving – it is
unlikely that your funding package will cover all living costs so
it is important that you begin saving now. Just putting a little
away each week/month will really help when you get to
some ways you can become financially
during the summer – full-time work can help towards
funding your studies and can often mean you have to work less while
you are studying.
- Part-time work while studying – we have
a Job Shop which can help you find vacancies so you can earn while
you learn. It can also build your skills and experiences which will
help you get a job when you graduate. The NUS advises that students
should not work more than 18 hours per week.
- Voluntary work – may not provide you
with money straight away but can lead to other opportunities and it
- Interest free overdrafts – many students
are entitled to an interest free overdraft and this can provide a
buffer if things get tight. Shop around different banks for the
best value overdraft, don’t simply choose the one that offers you
the best free gift.
- Ask for
help – we know how confusing some of this can be and we
are here to help, so please visit our webpages regularly and for
any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are
here to help you now and all throughout your studies.
T: 01904 876939