Where can I go for help and advice?
There are a multitude of people that you can turn to for help and advice. There are people working around the clock all over the country to offer you support and guidance when it comes to student money worries. We’ve compiled a few of the best names, websites and organisations that offer help with queries ranging from the obvious to the really rather more unusual.
Student Finance England
Student Finance England offers up-to-date information on the different types of funding available to HE students living in England. You will also find guidance on eligibility and how to apply for grants and loans, including application forms.
Student Awards Agency Scotland
SAAS can give you all the information you need if you are a continuing student, applying for a place at university or just entertaining the possibility of studying at an HE institute. The Student Awards Agency provides all the application forms for HE funding if you live in Scotland and gives you details on amounts and eligibility.
Student Finance Wales
Student Finance Wales offers advice for all new and continuing university students ranging from grant entitlement to application forms for financial support. This should be your first point of call if you live in Wales and want to know more about the kinds of financial help that is available to you at university.
Student Finance NI
If you live in Northern Ireland you can apply online at Student Finance NI for grants and other types of financial support to help pay for university fees and course costs. Student Finance also provides current information on the amounts you may be entitled to and guidance on applying for any grant support.
Money Saving Expert
MoneySavingExpert offers access to free online information that gives students the advice and resources to saving money. There are useful hints and tips ranging from how to claim back credit card charges right through to practical suggestions on how to handle your money. You can also join an online forum in which you can share money saving information with other students.
National Union of Students (NUS)
NUS offers an online information service and also a search facility to find your university’s student union. Student Unions provide advice on courses, financial support and careers information. If you have a query regarding money, enter a question into the online knowledgebase system and have it answered immediately. And of course, by joining the student union you get access to multiple discounts though your NUS card.
Student Finance England Calculator
At Student Finance England you can discover how much fee and loan support you could be entitled to if you are studying at university even before you apply. Simply enter your details in the online calculator and Student Finance will give you an instant estimate to how much financial support you may be eligible for.
Student Free Stuff
StudentFreestuff is, well… free stuff for students! You will find online vouchers for discounts at UK stores, money-off vouchers for famous brands, free samples from retailers and supermarkets, free ring-tones and games among many, many other complimentary items- the list is virtually endless.
Student Loans Company (SLC)
The Student Loans Company (SLC) provides financial services, in terms of loans and grants, to over one million students in the UK annually. SLC offers advice, statistics and guidance on Tuition Fees Loans, Maintenance Loans, Grants, Bursaries, Scholarships and repayment details.
Student Support Services
All universities within the UK have some form of student support or advice service. They offer a huge amount of help ranging from budgeting and debt counselling to saving strategies and hardship funds. University information offices and websites can give you the names, contacts and departments of their specific support services. It is also worth keeping an eye out for university open days and one-on-one seminars where trained professionals will see prospective students and offer guidance on any concerns that you might have.