Money, taxes, benefits
Managing what money you do have and making sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to can be difficult at times, we’re here to help you make the most of your finances during your time at University.
Benefits at the end of your course
If you are finishing your course this summer, you may be considering claiming benefits until you find employment or start a new course.
Most students are exempt from paying Council Tax however we’ve included some details below on how to arrange your exemption and what to do if you think you’re being pursued unfairly for Council Tax.
If you are a UK student you may be eligible for assistance with paying your tuition fees, a maintenance loan or bursary, or all three.
Getting into debt can happen to anyone, so we’ve included some practical steps below you can follow to try and get on top of your finances. See also our section on Consumer Debt and Arrears.
Consumer debt and arrears
Next on your list of priorities after rent and food should be making sure you’re up to date with your utility bills, for some tips on how to budget, particularly if you’re sharing a property, and what to do if you get into difficulty read on…
Most banks will tell you that because they won the test case in 2009 they will not be refunding any bank charges, and that this issue is now closed. However the SRC believe that it is incorrect to suggest that bank charges are ‘fair’ or cannot be challenged and have included some template letters and advice below on how you can claim these back.