There’s a certain amount of funding available to help students who are experiencing financial hardship. If you have children, are a mature student with existing financial commitments, are from a low-income family, were previously in care, or are homeless, we may be able to help you fund your studies. All applications will be means tested and payments will usually be made in installments. The University Hardship Fund Application Form for 2017/18 will be available from September.
Due to its complicated, ever-changing nature, we’re unable to offer our students any advice about eligibility and applying for benefits. But if you visit the GOV UK, Citizens Advice and Jobcentre Plus websites, you should be able to track down all the information you need.
When you’re a student, building up debt is often an inevitability, but it should always be manageable. It’s important to make informed decisions and keep your finances under control while you study so that you’re not distracted from your studies. If you’re worried about money while you’re studying, the Step Change Debt Charity offers up invaluable advice to students about managing their money. Plus their Debt Remedy service can help you get things back on track if you feel like debt is taking over.
Quite often, people decide to go to university once they’ve already had children, but the financial hurdles can make it seem impossible. We don’t want this to stop you. We have plenty of recommendations for great childcare providers, including the superb Flying Start nursery which is based on campus in a purpose-built building. There are tonnes of other childcare options within Plymouth: visit the Plymouth City Council or GOV UK sites to find out more. We know that childcare can get expensive so, providing you qualify for financial assistance, we may be able to help. You could be eligible for the Childcare Grant, the Parents’ Learning Allowance (to help with books, material and travel), the Access to Learning Fund (if you’re having financial difficulties), and Child Tax Credits. If you have any questions about balancing childcare with your studies, we’re on hand to help.
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