Managing your money

We all need some extra help from time to time to make ends meet and the Student Funding Team are here to point you in the right direction when it comes to managing your money. 

We've put together some information on the costs of studying, how to budget, some ideas on how to increase your income while controlling your spending, tips about banking and helpful advice about debt if you need it.

Student voice

My personal finances were in absolute disarray. It seemed financially unviable for me to attend university. The Student Funding Team helped me structure my spending and obtain additional funding so I could attend university and concentrate on my studies.

Richard Parnell-Page, BSc Psychology graduate, now a manager for Molnlycke Health Care Ltd. and co-founder of the WestEndFest in London.

How we can help you

We help hundreds of students every year with practical advice on money management and last year we distributed over £1.5m in financial support. So whether you want to ask us about student loans, postgraduate funding advice, hardship provisions including the Financial Support Fund, Emergency Fund and Short Term Loan Scheme, bursaries and scholarships - come and see us or get in touch:

  • In person or write to: Student Funding Unit, 4th Floor, Nancy Astor Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA. We are open Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4pm.
  • Call us on +44 1752 587680
  • Email us at studentfunding@plymouth.ac.uk.

Wise up to security

The Student Loans Company is urging university students to be aware of phishing scams and not to reveal their personal details online. Students are often targeted with phishing emails around student finance payment dates. The number of students reporting these incidents to the Student Loans Company has increased significantly in the last few years.

Always remember:

The Student Loans Company will never ask you to update your bank details by email 

The Student Loans Company will never ask you to verify your student account details by e-mail

So ignore any messages asking you to confirm your information in this way.

For a phishing guide, top tips and details on what to do if you receive a suspicious email, visit the online security page on the Student Loans Company website.