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Money Matters – Some tips from the Advice and Counselling Service

In this edition of Money Matters, The Advice and Counselling Service offers advice on applying for student finance for the academic year 2018/19, what to do if you are unable to sit your exams, claiming back overpaid Council Tax and protecting your deposit in privately rented accommodation.

18 April 2018

Have you applied for Student Finance for next academic year?

If you are a continuing student you should have been contacted by Student Finance Enlgand (SFE) inviting you to apply for the 2018/19 academic year. If you have not heard anything you should log on to your online SFE account and see if you can apply. You should apply by Friday 22 June. You can find out how much student finance you might get in 2018/19 here.

Are you unable to sit your exams?

Read our guide to applying for Extenuating Circumstances.

Have you paid too much Income Tax?

The tax year ended on Thursday 5 April. If you did any work in the 2017/18 tax year, it is a good idea to check whether you paid too much tax on your income. If so, you can claim this back. The Tax Guide for Students website explains how to do this.

Protecting your deposit in privately rented accommodation

Are you moving into privately rented accommodation over the summer? When you pay a deposit for an assured shorthold tenancy, your landlord or letting agent must protect your deposit through a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme within 30 days of receiving it. For more information, see the Shelter website.

The QMUL Housing Services office or the Advice and Counselling Service can also advise you.

How to get more help

If you would like a confidential appointment in the Advice and Counselling Service to talk about your individual situation, you can try to get a same-day appointment – a limited number of these are available every weekday afternoon during term time (registration starts at 1.30pm). Alternatively, you can book an appointment in advance by:

  • emailing us via our website www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk
  • calling us on 020 7882 8717
  • visiting our Reception on the ground floor of the Geography building, Mile End campus 

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