a little help concerning my student loan.Watch
Can anyone tell me exactly how my student loan works. I'm starting a course at uni this september and have recieved the letter outlining how much money I can loan to buy ciggarretes and alcahol. However i need to know whether the figure quoted is the amount i can borrow for this current year, or whether this is the amount available for the entirety of my course. Can anyone give me a few pointers please.
I think that it is 1/3 in mid September 1/3 in January and the remainder just before the summer holidays to keep you going .
Is there anyone else who has not had any reply from student services about how much money they will get? I've heard they're having problems this year but loads of people seem to have already had theirs back!
Mid August would be the time that I got my reply last year - if you haven't heard something before the start of the week of your results give them a call.
and as for their website i agree thats its appaling. I wanted to apply online, and was told icould do so from april. I went on, and it said it wd be available from mid may. Again i waited, and was told it was from june. June came and still no luck so I rang them up to be told it would be up in 2 weeks. Eventually i had a week left, and was then told i couldnt until next year. So i had a mad rush to do a paper form. Complete mess.
it all depends on your LEA and the amount of people applying for a loan
i live in quite a crappy area so my LEA must've had lots of time on their hands!
And they havent returned any of my documents either which they're meant to do a few days after you send them off.....
Me thinks im going to have fun with student support this year....
I live in Kent, so I would imagine there are a lot of people applying for loans because it is such a big county with loads of secondary schools and at least 5 or 6 major towns. Oh well, as long as i get the money i dont care.
As it happens, I currently work for local government so actually know the people that were dealing with my application which helped me get it pushed through quickly!
I am told that the standard waiting time between when your application is recieved and when they actually start to assess it is 8 weeks.
at the moment, i'm looking at circa £3500... but if they don't keep putting more in my account each year, i am looking at living on £20 a week in London... which is near impossible without turning to prostitution or begging