Benefits, Grants and Finance for Students. 

Advice, information and help for students seeking financial assistance and other benefits.

The Tax situation is,
that generally students will not be taxed on any grants, scholarships, bursaries, research awards and housing benefit you might get. So your Tax Allowance is still available for part time work etc.

Help and Guidance at college At college/university there will usually be the admissions and guidance services section. They will have staff on hand to assist with student financial problems all the time.

Fees for courses, registration fees, exam fees There are many options for NOT having to pay fees for college courses available to students. These include age, other benefits and certain types of courses.

After 16yrs Where local authorities provide transport for school students, they normally/should continue to provide transport if you attend college. Some local authorities and colleges have various schemes of subsidising transport in other ways.  School,  college or university student services will have information on schemes and discounts available from local services or colleges.

Higher education students A wide range of financial support is available for students on higher education courses at university or college. Bursaries and scholarships Universities and colleges can provide bursaries to further assist in the financial hardships. These bursaries and other 'incentives' are to ensure that students should not be deterred from applying to certain universities, owing to the costs involved. These bursaries and incentives are additional to the normal student financial package.

Funds  -  Access to Learning. There is the possibility that you could get into financial difficulties as a student for a number of reasons! If this is the case, then do not hold back, but seek immediate help and advice from your establishment's Access to Learning Fund administrator.

This fund could be able to provide you with extra money to enable you to stay in further education. It may also be able to assist if you are on low income, or other form of financial hardship.

(In Wales, the fund is know as the Financial Contingency Fund)

March 9th 2017
***Child Tax Credit - From April this year the ‘family element’ of £545 per year will be abolished.***

March 8th 2017
**MPs are calling for a halt to the accelerating roll-out of Universal Credit as the ongoing problems are causing undue and unnecessary hardship**

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