Student Advice and Funding
Your funding for September 2011
Are you applying for an FdA or undergraduate degree course in September? Wondering about how you will fund it, or whether you can get a loan, grant, or bursary?
Now is the time to check out your options and get your application in. If you are not sure what you might be eligible for, check our website or the Government’s website. Still confused? Have a word with the Student Advice and Funding team.
Continuing on a course in 2011?
Don’t forget to renew your funding! It doesn’t renew automatically. Either log into your online Student Finance England account, or complete a renewal form. You need to do this by June 30, 2011, to secure your money for September 2011, or run the risk of it not being ready.
The Government plans to increase tuition fees. This will affect new students starting their courses in 2012-13 when universities can charge up to £9,000 per year tuition fees for Higher Education courses (FdA and degrees).
If you are studying a course that has started before 2012-13, you won’t suddenly see your course fees increase. People topping up from FdAs need to check whether they remain under the current system, as there is no protection for students who do not top-up immediately after the end of the FdA.
Your graduation money
Student advisers will be holding a workshop about your money after graduation on Friday, July 1, as part of the Artsmart days of activities. Come and learn what your financial options are when you finish being a student, from claiming benefits, repaying your student loan, or opening a graduate bank account. Find out more at www.artsmartlondon.co.uk.
Your summer benefits money
Are you one of the full-time students who can claim benefits while you are studying a Higher Education course? If so, don’t forget that when your student loan stops at the end of term, you will need to notify the Department of Work of Pensions and your local Housing Benefit office that your income has changed. If you return in September, remember to tell them that you will be receiving a student loan again, and give them proof that your income has changed.
How did your budget stretch this year? Did you even have a budget?! Not sure where to start? If you want to get on top of budgeting and finding out where your money goes, download your own budget sheet from the Money Doctors part of www.arts.ac.uk/money-matters
If you are from Europe and working, and plan to study an undergraduate course, you may be eligible for the full package of student funding as an EEA Migrant Worker. If this sounds like you, contact a student adviser, who will guide you, as it can be complicated.
To contact a student adviser about funding or immigration issues, please call 020 7514 6230 or 6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org