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Money Matters - extra funding for disability or ongoing ill health

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Do you have a disability or ongoing ill health?

If so, you might be eligible for extra funding:

Student Finance:

If you started your course in 2016, there is an extra amount of Maintenance Loan for which students who are eligible for welfare benefits can qualify. If you started your course before 2016, you may be eligible for a Special Support Grant (SSG) instead of the Maintenance Grant. These are ignored as income for welfare benefits assessments.

You may also qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowance to help towards the costs of specialist equipment, personal help or extra travel costs.

Welfare benefits:

You might be eligible for certain welfare benefits, depending on the nature of your ill health or disability and for how long you have been unwell.

We have written an advice guide called Extra Money: Disability and ill health which explains what extra Student Finance and which welfare benefits you might be eligible for and how to apply.

Council Tax exemption

Most full-time students are exempt from Council Tax liability. We have written a Council Tax advice guide which explains the rules. If you live in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge or Waltham Forest, QMUL will automatically inform your local authority of your full-time student status. All you need to do is complete an online student disregard application form (unless you live in Newham, in which case you don’t need to). You can access the disregard forms in the ‘council tax exemption letter’ section here.

If you live outside of the boroughs listed above, you need to request a Council Tax exemption letter from the Student Enquiry Centre and submit this to your local authority’s council tax office.

If you are having any difficulties claiming Council Tax exemption, please contact a Welfare Adviser.

Do you need further advice?

Money advice at QMUL 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. Just turn up to register 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 follow us:

• on Twitter: @QMUL_ACS
• on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/pj5TP3

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