Top five tips when applying for funding

1. Pester people!

You’ll never know what you’re entitled to unless you ask. Find out who deals with funding at your university and pay them a visit. Keep at it – there’s lots available, it’s just a case of finding out where it is.

2. Take it all!

Borrow the maximum amount from the student loans company. It’s better to borrow from them than be forced to get a credit card or overdraft when times get hard. If you don’t spend it, put it into a savings account and watch it grow!

3. Apply early!

Don’t wait until everyone else has applied for a grant - get in there first and you’ll have more chance of being given some cash.

4. Don’t get it wrong!

When you submit your application, double check that all the details are right. Make sure that you have all the documents that they have asked for – don’t wait for them to tell you, just get it right in the first place.

5. Don’t give up!

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Think outside the box and find ways of showing things from different perspectives. If one grant doesn’t look hopeful then try another one.