National Student Money Week (NSMW) will take place from 7-11 March, and will highlight the types of support available to applicants, students and graduates in UK further and higher education. The key messages are that support is available, and that students should apply as early as they can for funding that may be available to them.
As pointed out by Lynne Condell, NASMA Chairperson, student funding is a concern for many but support is available to address those concerns:
“It’s fair to say that some students struggle more than others with their finances. Applicants and students often worry about whether their funding is enough for them to live on. It can be very confusing and people sometimes get into difficulty. I am pleased to say that the work of NASMA members and Money Doctors goes a long way to addressing these issues, and there is no reason for students to feel alone in managing their finances. National Student Money Week will provide proactive and engaging activity at institutions across the UK, to promote the support available.”
Universities, colleges, students’ unions and many other organisations across the UK are actively engaged with National Student Money Week. There is a wide range of activity taking place, with some institutions organising roadshows to include competitions and prizes, others running drop-in sessions, and some delivering training to academic staff about the importance of financial capability and awareness of student funding issues.
Prospective and current students are encouraged to apply for funding as early as possible and make use of the support available. Those current students looking to graduate in 2011 are encouraged to consider what they will do next, and plan their finances accordingly.
To find out more about the activities planned for next week, you can email, check out NASMA's website, or follow them on Twitter.