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"Speak to student finance staff at open days for lots of useful information and advice."

“Before embarking on applications and visits it is important to understand the way it is all going to be paid for. There are many myths surrounding this issue and it can seem daunting so it’s good to do your research.

University websites will have a lot of support and guidance as well as Student Finance England found at The Student Finance England website takes you through the main features in a simple way, with links to the application process. You can also contact them by phone for more advice.

It's worth bearing in mind there are two major aspects of funding for university. As part of their student finance application students can apply for both a student loan for their university fees and a maintenance loan to help with living costs. The amount of funding offered will vary from student to student based on a number of factors including household income and the student's place of residence. It’s also worth keeping in mind that the decision of how much to borrow may be influenced by how your son/daughter is to fund their time at university and whether they will be partially funded by parents and/or via a part time job whilst studying.

I would recommend speaking to student finance staff at open days for lots of useful information and advice, or contact them by phone or email. It’s always good to talk things through!

Many universities have part time work schemes and offer a range of other support to help your child manage their money whilst at uni. Some even offer cards that students can top up to pay for printing services, snacks and meals, so transactions around the campus are cashless.”

Stella Howe
Parent Ambassador

You can book a phone conversation with one of our parent ambassadors or speak to a member of our enquiries team for general advice by calling 0114 225 2777.

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