Student Advice Service – Money Matters

News from the Student Advice Service at the University of Brighton

Student Finance news

Student Finance contact centres have reopened offering a partial service to customers. Where possible, we advise you to use your online account to check and update information and refer to web pages for more general information. The telephone lines are being staffed between 10:00am and 5:30pm, but this may mean longer waiting times. Student Finance…

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COVID-19 Financial support for families

These are uncertain times for us all, and it can be tricky to keep on top of the ever-changing guidance and information we are being given on a daily basis. If you are a student with a family and are on a low income, you might be interested to know that a number of provisions…

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Thinking about taking time out from your undergraduate course? Let us explain the financial implications

We are in very strange times, and some students may be thinking about giving up their course altogether, or possibly taking a break until things feel a bit more normal. We call suspending your studies ‘intermission’. We receive a lot of enquiries about the financial implications of this, so here is a general overview of…

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COVID-19 Government help for self-employed workers

The Government have announced a new Income Support Scheme, to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. This may be relevant to you or a self-employed partner. We are not claiming to be employment law specialists or accountants in the Student Advice team, but here is our interpretation of the scheme: What…

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Looking for seasonal work? Here are some topical suggestions

Many of you may have lost work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst we are aware this is a difficult time for very many of us, there are some employers who are looking to recruit people, including students, for temporary work, often with the ability to start pretty much straight away – for example supermarkets…

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BEWARE gov.uk ‘Covid-19 Relieve’ is a scam

For anyone checking gov.uk for updates about government advice or support, please check on the https://www.gov.uk/ link direct. Try to avoid clicking on links via text or social media (including this one, for the time being!) Unfortunately, there are a number of scams doing the rounds asking you to disclose your bank details in order…

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Important message for students seeking financial advice

Have you got a question about your student finance or anything else money related? The Student Advisers are still working, albeit offering online and telephone advice only. Please email us in the first instance with your question and we will respond as soon as we can. If you prefer a call back rather than email,…

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Government announces changes for those in receipt of DWP Benefits

Are you in receipt of DWP Benefits? In light of the news surrounding the Coronavirus, the government has announced this statement for people who might be waiting for work capability or any other in-person assessments relating to Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Universal Credit. There has also been an announcement for people…

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STOP PRESS: Student Money Week is coming

The Student Advice team are back on the road later this month with our event of the year, Student Money Week. This year’s theme is ‘Live Healthy, Spend Healthy’. Come and see the Student Advisers and get some great advice – we’ve got so much more to offer than student loans and hardship funds. We…

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Thinking about postgraduate study? Here’s our quick guide to postgraduate funding

If you are in the final year of your undergraduate course the end is nearly in sight. Some of you may be looking forward to taking a well earned break whilst others may be thinking of that full time wage packet. Still some of you may be toying with the idea of deepening your academic…

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