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Money Matters - October 16

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Monthly articles from the Advice and Counselling Service to help you manage your money.

Having problems with your Student Finance? 
If you have applied for Student Finance but you have not received it or only some of it, follow the advice on our website, including information on interim sources of funding.

Budgeting
Planning your income and spending for the year will mean you are more in control of your money and less likely to worry about it. If you’ve never planned a budget, now is the time to start! See how easy it is on our Budgeting web page. You can watch a short animation about the benefits of budgeting, and personalise one of our spreadsheets to work out your own budget. A Welfare Adviser can help you with this if you would like.

Do you need extra money for your living costs?
The University Financial Assistance Fund considers applications from students in financial hardship. Awards made by the fund are normally grants, so you don’t need to pay this money back. You can download an application form and guidance notes, which explain the eligibility criteria. If you need any advice about making your application, contact a Welfare Adviser.

Part-time work
Are you looking to do some part-time work to increase your income, as well as to gain useful skills and work experience? The Advice and Counselling Service and QMUL Careers & Enterprise have written a guide to part-time work which explains:

  • how to find work
  • how much you might earn
  • income tax and national insurance
  • the rules for working if you are not a UK national

Are you getting the best value for your money?
In all areas of your spending (for example food shopping, books, travel costs, mobile phone and household bills) it is important to make sure that you get the best value for your money. Could you get the same thing cheaper elsewhere? Read the money saving ideas on our budgeting web page and save on your next purchase!

Do you need further advice?
Money advice is available to all QMUL students from experienced Welfare Advisers in the Advice and Counselling Service. The service is confidential and free.

We have same-day appointments every weekday in term-time, subject to availability. Registration starts at 1.30pm. If you would prefer to book an appointment or ask for advice via email you can: 

email us via our website www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk
call us on 020 7882 8717
visit our Reception on the ground floor of the Geography building, Mile End campus

You can also keep up to date with our news: 
on Twitter: @QMUL_ACS
on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/pj5TP3

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