Student Advice Service – Money Matters

News from the Student Advice Service at the University of Brighton

Black Friday today, Buy Nothing Day tomorrow

  We may have been encouraged to adopt a very aggressive style of shopping today, but tomorrow is the real challenge as it’s Buy Nothing Day http://buynothingday.co.uk/ Student Advice Service

Chance to win an iPhone 6 with the new Santander Smartbank app

Santander has recently launched a new money app available on iPhone and Android devices which is primarily aimed at students managing their money for the first time. As Brighton is a Santander university, staff within the Student Advice Service were involved in the consultation process during the development of this app. For more information about the app and details about…

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Are you having money problems? You may be eligible for additional funds

Photo Credit: Ken Teegardin via Compfight If you are experiencing money problems, and you’re worried how your funds are going to last until your next instalment of student finance, you may be eligible for the Student Support Fund: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/current-students/my-finances/hardship-funding/index.aspx The Student Advice Service manages the fund, it is awarded to students in most financial need…

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Important message for NHS funded students with childcare

  Are you getting a Childcare Grant within your NHS bursary package? You should have been keeping all of your receipts for the relevant periods and you will probably be contacted by email to the address you have given in BOSS around 24th November. You must complete a ‘Childcare Allowance application form (V7) 08/2014’ http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/Documents/Students/Childcare_Allowance_application_form_%28V7%29_08.2014.pdf…

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Join the campaign to extend the unizone to Hastings

The Students’ Union is currently campaigning to extend the Unizone rail ticket to include students travelling to and from Hastings. They may be local students living in Hastings travelling to other University of Brighton campuses, or travelling to Hastings for study or placement. We know that travel costs are a big expense for students and…

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Free travel in London with a contactless Mastercard on 14th and 28th November

Photo Credit: reynermedia via Compfight If you’re planning a trip to London tomorrow or on 28th November and you’ve got a contactless Mastercard, you can travel on public transport all day for free. Have a look here for more info: http://www.mastercard.co.uk/contactless.html Student Advice Service

BBC Radio Sussex seeking a payday loan user

If you have had experience of using payday loans as a student, BBC Radio Sussex want to hear from you. They are looking to talk to someone at 7.05 tomorrow morning (Friday 14th November) either in the BBC studio on Queens Road, Brighton or over the phone. Ideally they’d like to talk to someone willing…

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Action on payday lenders

With effect from January next year, the Financial Conduct Authority will be enforcing tighter checks and lower interest rates on payday loans. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-3000047 We know that some lenders actively seek out students as potential customers, with often reported questionable tactics, and this decision has been welcomed by welfare rights campaigners. Student Advice…

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As the winter bugs set in, get ready for prescription charges!

Photo Credit: Matt Lemmon via Compfight Photo Credit: Stéfan via Compfight Students on a low income may be eligible for free or cheap(er) prescriptions, as well as other NHS services eg going to the Dentist. You need to apply on a HC1 application form to see if you qualify. If you live with a partner,…

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Running out of money?

Are funds running low and you want to check you’re getting all the funding you’re entitled to? Take the initiative in 3 easy steps: 1. Check the online calculator which relates to your funding authority eg SFE or NHS 2. Speak to an Adviser in Student Advice Service: Moulsecoomb Tithe Barn, Moulsecoomb Place, Moulsecoomb campus…

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