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Are you worried about making ends meet over the academic year? If so here are some 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. If you are worried about your finances please talk to the International Office Support Services staff.)
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. SARC is situated in the Portland Building on University Park Campus.
Childcare Support Scheme
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:
Student Finance Enquiry Line
If you need to phone Student Finance England (SFE) then you can call them on 0845 3005090. Calls will be free from a BT phone but will be expensive from a mobile.
Each Student Services Centre has a phone for students to use which has the SFE helpline number pre-programmed into it. Calls from here are free.
For Student Finance Wales, Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) please check their web pages for helpline numbers.
Come along to a Financial Support Drop-in
If you are finding it difficult to resolve a problem with Student Finance please come along to a Financial Support Drop-in. Check the dates and times at each Centre.
The Team are experienced in helping students resolve funding problems. Please bring with you your Student Finance 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. Please contact the Accommodation Office or your accommodation provider to let them know your funding is delayed and to sort out a payment plan.
Contact the Financial Support Team
Student Services CentreB Floor, Portland BuildingUniversity Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
telephone: +44(0) 115 82 32071
fax: +44(0) 115 95 14376