Money, taxes, social security
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.
Benefit Claims in the Summer
Warning! Significant changes to the benefit system are now in place and will affect summer claims. If you are a continuing student and eligible to claim benefits over the summer, make sure you get a benefit check before making any new claim. Be aware, you might accidentally trigger a Universal Credit claim. This is explained below.
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.
Money at the end of your course
If you are finishing your course this summer, you may be considering claiming social security until you find employment or start a new course.
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. Also, see 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…