Invest some time in forward financial planning and your bank balance will benefit. Read more about how to re-apply for Student Finance, improve your job prospects and manage your budget.
As you prepare to take a break for the Easter vacation, the next academic year may seem a long way off. However, it's worth taking a few steps to prepare now for the coming months to have your finances settled.
- Reapply for Student Finance
The key step to secure your funding for next academic year is to re-apply for your Student Finance (this includes your tuition fee loan, your maintenance loan and any supplementary grants you receive). You will be contacted by Student Finance in the next couple of weeks in order to reapply for your student funding for the coming academic year. It makes sense to access your online account with Student Finance to reapply in good time. If you delay re-applying until after the deadline of 22 June 2018 your funding is likely to be delayed beyond the start of the new academic year.
You'll need your Student Finance login details to access your account. This will then enable you to print out a new declaration form for you to sign and return to Student Finance. They will then send you a new Student Finance Entitlement letter.
If you re-apply before 23/03/2018 and send us proof that you have done so to firstname.lastname@example.org, you will be in with a chance of winning one of five chocolate eggs. The winners will be selected at random.
If your student funding does become delayed for any reason the University is able to offer help in the form of a Short Term Loan until your funding comes through.
- Improve your job prospects
If you are planning to find a job for the summer and are staying in Bristol it's worth joining the SU job-shop for available vacancies in the area:
If you will be living elsewhere then consider making preparations now to improve your chances of finding a job during the vacation. The Careers and Employability Service offer expert advice on job applications and optimising your CV:
- Manage your budget
If you're finding it a struggle to make ends meet it's worth taking the time to make a realistic budget of your income and spending. This often highlights areas where, with some careful planning, you can make your finances stretch that bit further. See the UWE website for suggested budget planners:
If you discover that you would like support with budgeting or you have more detailed questions about your income and expenditure then contact an Infopoint to arrange for a Financial Health Check with the Money Advice Worker.