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I am already receiving the maximum amount available for a student when it comes to loans and maintenance. I am currently going into my third year and recently my mum passed away leaving me with no other form of income.

Whilst I am trying to find a job, I was just wondering if anyone knew of any other further funding I could look into, student finance don't seem to want to help.
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(Original post by IwantaMasters)
I am already receiving the maximum amount available for a student when it comes to loans and maintenance. I am currently going into my third year and recently my mum passed away leaving me with no other form of income.

Whilst I am trying to find a job, I was just wondering if anyone knew of any other further funding I could look into, student finance don't seem to want to help.
Your uni will has a hardship fund which can help with unexpected costs in an emergency, but is not really a source of top-up funding.

Do not be tempted to get a commercial loan, or be tricked into believing that Future Finance offer legitimate student loans. This would need to start repayments straight away, and if you already can't afford to live then you can't afford the extra initial repayments.

Check to see if you can get a student overdraft if you haven't already.

Look into ways of saving money. MSE is a good place to start. You could also look iinto online surveys, which aren't going to make you rich but can be a source of a bit of extra money.
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Have you spoken with anyone on the Student Union yet? They have the resources of the NUS to refer to if they don't have answers themselves and this means that they may well come up with a solution you've not heard / thought of.

When I was at Uni, I was SU Treasurer, and we managed to find a number of sources of help for one guy. For example, there may be a dependant's pension from your mum's work you could apply for, and even the parent's home contents insurance policy had a small element of life insurance in the small print that no-one had thought to claim, State benefits have changed dramatically since my time, but again your SU ought to be able to use something to identify any short-term benefits you may be entitled to.
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