Money at University

Funding your studies can be a complicated business – depending on your parents’ income, you may or may not have to pay a tuition fee for
your studies. In the future, this may change, so that fees are higher but you will pay them back after university, once you’re
earning more than a certain amount of money. While you’re studying, you will probably be awarded a student loan – which is a low-interest
Government-funded loan to cover your living costs while you’re at University. This will be much cheaper than overdrafts and loans offered by banks and credit-card companies.
Many Universities will also give their students bursaries, which don’t have to be paid back – for example, at Cambridge,
all students who don’t pay full tuition fees (i.e. their parents earn less than a certain amount) are awarded up to ¬£1000 a year, which doesn’t have to be paid back.

Find out more about paying for your studies.

money worries? I took a year out and spent the time working in a shop to earn money. At the same time, I did an NVQ in Business Administration at a local F.E. college – and the qualifications I got then helped me to find office work during the University holidays

One of the best ways to fund your degree is by part-time work – which can then be valuable work experience after
your degree when you’re looking for a job

You may already have a job – in a family business, for example – but if you’re looking for a new part-time job, try
considering jobs using skills you’ve learnt from your English studies.

As an English student, you’ll be good at writing and original research: if you have typing and word processing skills,
you could try looking for summer jobs in an office or as a secretary.
If you’ve used a computer at school or at home, make sure you add this to your CV. If you’re good with computers,
you could learn how to create web pages. This type of skill can look really impressive on your CV.

The National Union of Students’ Job website is full of jobs for both
current students.