“I just don’t have enough money.”
We can work through your finances with you to make sure that (a) you’re getting everything you’re entitled to and (b) consider all options to maximise your income. There are so many different potential sources of cash that it’s easy to overlook sometimes - check out our Hardship Funding page for some sources of funding. You may wish to work part-time or have something you no longer use which you can sell. Check out money-saving websites, apps and the NUS Extra to help you save the pennies.
“My loan hasn’t come through yet.”
We have access to a Practitioners’ Help Line at Student Finance England, and we’re always happy to call them on your behalf. Often it’s something small and administrative that can be cleared up quickly. We know that not getting your loan can be stressful and we aim to reduce that stress as far as we can. You can apply for the Emergency Loan via askBU and the Small Emergency Grant. Check out our Hardship Funding page for more information.
“Do I qualify for any benefits?”
The short answer is, in the majority of cases, no. But there are exceptions – most obviously for students with disabilities and students with children – so it’s always worth asking us to investigate for you. If you want to check your entitlement yourself, have look at the Government’s Benefits Adviser. Also, check out the information on the Turn2Us website.
Those are just the big three - there are plenty of others! If you've got a problem not covered above please get in touch - we'll be happy to help.