So last week I started talking about the financial options available to students who are also parents and this week I’ve found some more pearls of wisdom for you all 🙂
Being a parent has a slight financial advantage when it comes to applying for certain benefits. During the summer months, once your student funding has run out, you have the opportunity to apply for Jobseeker Allowance. You will be in receipt of this until you return to university in September. During this time, you may be entitled to full Housing Benefit (this is subject to your household income).
For further information, and to apply for Jobseekers Allowance, follow the link below.
Student Wellbeing Service
Student Wellbeing is a department at Derby uni that offers financial advice along with a range of other services, such as health and wellbeing?
The link below provides further information on the Student Wellbeing Service.
Discretionary Support Fund
For students that are experiencing financial hardship, there’s additional funding available to you. The Discretionary Support Fund provides individuals with financial assistance, if unforeseen circumstances were to occur, providing a lump sum payment. The amount awarded is based on each student’s individual need and will be calculated accordingly. Applications for the Discretionary Support Fund need to be made via the Student Wellbeing Service.
If you are unsure of what you are entitled to in view of state benefits, the link below will provide you with an estimate of what you potentially may receive. Go on, give it a go, you might be surprised.
All in all, there’s a wide range of financial assistance available to you, so don’t allow finances to deter you from studying at the University of Derby.
I did it, so can you!