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Money Matters – more tips from the Advice and Counselling Service

In this edition of Money Matters, the Advice and Counselling Service provide advice for students who are no longer in contact with their family, a guide on what to do if you are looking for summer vacation work, advice for those thinking of changing courses or taking time out, and financial advice to lone parents and students with ongoing ill health or a disability.


Are you no longer in contact with your family?

We have a web page about the support that is available for estranged students, and a web page for students who have been in the care of a Local Authority. This includes information about how to apply for Student Finance as an independent student and applying to Queen Mary for a grant to help you pay towards your rent over the summer vacation.

Are you looking for a summer vacation job?

We have written an advice guide to help you with this.

Thinking of changing courses, or taking time out?

You will need to check how a change of course or an interruption will affect your funding, and international students also need to check how this affects their immigration status. We have an advice guide about this for home and EU students, and a separate guide for international students.

Money for lone parents and students with ongoing ill health or a disability

During part of the summer vacation, you can usually claim more income from welfare benefits than during term time. This is explained in our webpages for Students with Children and our advice guide Extra Money for Disability and Ill Health.

Please contact a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service if you need any help with your summer benefit claims. We can also advise you about any entitlement to non-repayable financial help from the University’s Financial Assistance Fund.

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 either try to get a same-day appointment (a limited number of these are available every weekday afternoon during term time - registration starts at 1.30), or book an appointment in advance by:

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

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