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Release date- 07082014 - For everyone keen to start a degree course this autumn, now's the perfect time to make sure all the financial arrangements are in place, according to
Potential students don't have to wait for a confirmed university place to sort out financial support applications for tuition fees and help with living costs. The application can be updated once an offer has been made and accepted.
The next step, according to Claire, is to draw up a 40-week budget plan, taking into account all the money coming in and out of accounts. From this, students can plan ahead and identify whether they need to find part-time work to top up their incomes, for example.
'Starting life as a student doesn't automatically mean you will have no money,' Claire adds. 'Being sensible with your budget and not overspending will relay those financial stresses and allow you to focus on your studies, which is the most important thing.'
'Make it a priority to start shopping around for a bank account offering helpful features such as free student overdrafts and good interest rates, rather than freebies that won't actually help you,' she says. 'A bank account with a good smart phone app makes it much easier to move money around between accounts and keep track of what cash is being spent.
'A student Oyster card can save a lot of money on fares in
Once an offer for a university place is made, it makes sense to ask if any bursaries or scholarships are available to boost your income.
At Greenwich, the student finance team is readily available to help students plan their finances and provides valuable advice throughout their university course.
To find out more about being a student at Greenwich, and to take advantage of the Student Calculator, which helps to work out budgets, see: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/lifestyle
A team of trained Clearing advisers is on hand at the
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