Everything you need to know about student finance

Student finance guideThink university will be too expensive? Baffled by fees? Can’t stomach beans? If you’re heading to university this year, or if you’re trying to decide it’s the right choice for you and want to know a little more about the costs – both now and in the future – then check out the following to find out more.

Brightside’s Student calculator allows you to check the loans and grants you can get and build your budget for university.

Separate fact from fiction with Martin Lewis’ Student loans mythbusting which can help you understand the true cost of university. If you’ve decided that university’s for you, take a look at his Student checklist which is packed with ideas for freebies, discounts and how to get the most from your money.

Repayment calculators allow you to get an idea of what you’ll pay back and for how long.  Check out the full-time study calculator and part-time study calculator to see what fees could mean for you – produced by the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information and MoneySavingExpert.com.

See GOV.UK for details about student finance, to apply for funding from Student Finance England, or for further information about funding for students from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Set up by government, the independent Money Advice Service (MA) has information on student and graduate money with tips on budgeting for college or university, student bank accounts and graduate debt.

The National Union of Students has a range of advice on money and funding.

And finally, see Choices at 18 to explore alternatives to university.