6 December 2021
There are a number of ways you can support yourself whilst studying a postgraduate degree. Here are just a few of the things I have in place to do so.
The main way I fund my studies at ARU and my living costs is by having access to the postgraduate loan. The loan is available for students and is accessed through the UK Government website, similar to when you apply for your undergraduate loan. However, what’s different is that the loan is not means tested, and you can apply for as little or as much (up to the limit) as you would like. I decided to take the full amount which for 2021/22 was £11,570, and I use this predominantly to pay my course fees.
To help with extra costs such as bills, food and the occasional coffee from Costa, I work part-time in a couple of roles at the University. I work with ARU Temps as a student ambassador, as well as a Student-Staff member with the Students’ Union. Both of these jobs are perfect as they fit around my studies, as well as giving me great employability skills that will help me in the future.
As I am a previous student of ARU, I am also entitled to receive 20% off my course fees. This Alumni Scholarship has helped massively, as it means I don’t have to use so much of my postgraduate loan on fees, and can use the loan for other things such as rent.
These are just some of the ways I support myself whilst studying at ARU, but there are other funding opportunities such as scholarships, and extra funding through Student Finance England – as well as support from the Money Advice Service on campus.