Going on to study at university or college is a great opportunity and money worries shouldn’t put you off. Find out what support you can get.
The student money website Save the Student has published a free handbook to help with finance and money management. Check out the Essential Student Guide to Finance 2012.
The last Student Finance Day took place on 20 September 2012 - it aimed to help future students and parents in England tackle the myths and misunderstandings surrounding the recent changes to student finance.
Visit the website for films explaining the changes, a calculator to work out what loan repayments will cost and much more. Look out for further information and resources coming up in 2013.
If you are studying on a full-time course, the main sources of help
are student loans and grants from the government. You’ll be able to take
out two student loans per academic year, to cover your tuition fees and
To apply for a student loan, calculate how much financial help you
can get and all other enquiries contact Student Finance England:
Gov.uk – Student Finance England
Phone: 0845 300 5090
Help from your university or college
You might also be eligible for a bursary or scholarship from your university or college. Find out more at Gov.uk – Bursaries, scholarships and awards
Help for young parents
If you are a parent, there is extra help available. Read more at Gov.uk – Student finance and loans, which includes information on Care to Learn and Childcare grants.
Help for students with a disability
Gov.uk - Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)
Help available after starting your course
If you have a low income and need extra help to carry on with your course, you can apply for an Access to Learning Fund. Find out more at Gov.uk – Access to Learning Fund.
Other help available
If you're training for medical, dentistry or healthcare you may get an NHS bursary.
There is also a range of Grants and Bursaries for Adult Learners.