Learning how to manage your money is a crucial part of University life. Even if you think you are good with money, being at University and coping with how your student funding is paid brings different challenges.
We have teamed up with Blackbullion to give you access to modules designed specifically for students that will help you manage your money.
You will need to register with Blackbullion using your university email address to take as many of their modules as you like. It's all free!
Ewan is a student at Nottingham. Here are his thoughts about Blackbullion:
I found the Blackbullion module really helpful in making me think about how I manage my money. The ideas it presents are easy to implement, simple solutions to enable you to more effectively budget for the various monthy costs, and have made a huge difference to my money mangement. I'm now less stressed about money, as I have a better plan in place, and am not running out of money in between subsequent student loans as I used to be! Some of the modules I looked at taught me about savings and various money related jargon I was previously confused about.
Below are suggestions as to how you might be able to get your hands on some extra cash. Select the relevant arrow or question and advice and information will be revealed.
If you are an International student some of the answers below may not be relevant to you, however Blackbullion have a module specifically for international students that you may find helpful. If you are worried about your finances please email or talk to us.
Have you claimed all possible student support?
Consider part time work
Apply for additional support funds from the University
Sort out an interest free overdraft on your bank account
Are you eligible for state benefits?
Most full time higher education students are not entitled to income related benefits, however certain groups may be able to make a claim. As a general guide you may be able to claim if you:
You may be eligible for Child Tax Credits if you are a student and have responsibility for a child. The Student Advice Centre can help you work out if you qualify for any benefits. The SAC is situated in the Portland Building on University Park Campus. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Childcare Support Scheme
Nottingham Potential Bursary
Additional allowances from the Government or NHS
Both the Government via Student Finance and the NHS offer additional funding depending on your personal circumstances.
From Student Finance there is the;
The NHS offers (up to 2016/17 entry students only):
From 2017 entry the NHS offers:
Student Finance Enquiry Line /NHS student helpline
If you need to phone Student Finance England (SFE) then you can call them on 0300 100 0607. Calls will be free from a landline and also count towards free minutes packages on mobiles. (If you have no free minutes, they will cost no more than a standard geographical call).
For Student Finance Wales, Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) please check their web pages for helpline numbers.
You can call the NHS Student Helpline on 0300 330 1348
Come along to a Financial Support Drop-in
If you are finding it difficult to resolve a problem with Student Finance or the NHS please come along to a Funding and Financial Support Drop-in.
The Team are experienced in helping students resolve funding problems. Please bring with you your Student Finance/NHS Boss account login information including; reference number, password and secret answer.
Is there any help while my funding is sorted?
If your student funding is delayed through no fault of your own, then we may be able to offer a short term, interest free loan from the Student Crisis Fund until your funding is through.
Please note we will not lend money to cover accommodation costs or tuition fees. Please contact the Accommodation Office or your accommodation provider, or the Student Account Services team for fees (email@example.com ) to let them know your funding is delayed and to sort out a payment plan.
Telephone SAC: 0115 84 68730
Email SAC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paying household bills
Contact the Financial Support Team
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