Frequently asked Questions
Can I bring a parent with me to my appointment?
The issue I have is with the University. Can you still help me?
I’m repeating part-time. Am I entitled to Jobseekers Allowance?
I am just about to finish my course. Can I claim benefits?
I want to change my course. Can I still get a student loan?
Do I have to have to pay tax?
I’d like to apply to the Support Fund. What do I do?
Will anyone pay for me to do a postgraduate Masters?
Yes, this is no problem at all! If you are completely happy with them coming along and if it makes you feel more comfortable then this is absolutely fine. Our first priority is you, so we will be chatting everything through with you but they can certainly come with you if you need a bit of support.
Yes, we can indeed. The great thing is that we are completely independent from the University which means we can be impartial when we are giving you help and advice.
No, unfortunately students repeating part-time aren’t eligible for this allowance. You might be entitled to other types of funds though, so give Connie a shout and she can check this out for you.
Yes, if you are a final year student you can claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) once you finish your studies. For example, at the end of your final academic year you can generally sign on from early June.
This really depends on your situation. Every single case is different and the rules of the Student Loan Company are quite complex. Don't hesitate to give Connie a call and she can discuss this with you.
This depends on what you earn. If you earn less than your personal tax allowance (£10,000 in 2014/15 the tax year) you do not have to pay tax, however if you do earn over this you will have to. If you want to find out more information, just head on over to HM Revenue and Customs.
Check out our section about Funds. It has all the information you need to know about how to apply and the process that is involved. If you need any more help, just give Connie a buzz.
Unfortunately there is very little funding for postgraduates.
The Student Loans Company don’t fund one year Masters courses but there might be a few places on your course that are funded. Get in touch with your Course Tutor or check the relevant School website to find out more.
If there are, you should apply and keep to any submission deadlines. If you are told that there aren’t any places available, or that you should contact Advice SU then you will need to rely on your own resources. Please don’t think that you can fund a full time postgraduate course from part-time work alone and don’t just hope that something will turn up. You should ask yourself the following questions and answer them honestly and seriously:
- Can I afford to take the course?
- Have I any savings?
- Can I rely on support from my family?
- Can I work during my studies?
- Have I got access to a loan from a bank or credit union?
- Should I look into Professional and Career Development Loans or can I raise the funds in another way, like through sponsorship for my area of study?
For advice and guidance on how to fund your course. Depending on your course, including information on grants and awards, you can also view nidirect's information on financing your postgraduate course.
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