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'Money? Make sure you're getting everything you're entitled to'

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24 October, 2011

As an NHS student I am given a bursary of around £570 a month. This is sufficient for me to live on, but that’s about it.

Now I’m not a money expert, far from it, but there are ways that I’ve learnt to get by that might be helpful for you too.

The first thing you should do is make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to.

In my own personal case, I found that I was able to claim extra support for having a dependency (a very flattering term for my new born baby boy, Dylan). Also, because I am now in full-time education I am exempt from paying council tax - all I needed to do was to provide proof of my student status.

Secondly, are there any benefits that you may be entitled to?

Since coming to university I have recently found that the reason why I struggled so much with writing and mathematics is that I have dyslexia. The test for dyslexia can be rather expensive but fortunately for me I received my test from University for free and now I’m entitled to extra funding and equipment to enable me to learn at the same level as my fellow students. 

Finally, be thrifty.

There are many websites and support centres to help people to be as money conscious as possible. And Student Nursing Times has many articles in its money section to help you too. On the plus side, many people say that they learnt their appreciation for the value of money from being a student.

So, contact your student services department at your university to find out what other benefits or support you may or may not be entitled to. Contact your funding organisation as they may be some extra support which could be offered to you depending on your situation.

All students have different situations and a bit of effort could save you a fair bit. 

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