Students who are Parents
Information about the funding for which you may be eligible can be found on the Student Finance England website or Gov.uk. Your entitlement to student support may also be affected if you have any previous study in a Higher Education Institution, even if you did not complete the course.
The University of Wolverhampton has it's own nursery facilities for students (and staff) with young children.
Council Tax and Housing Benefit
Full-time students can request a Council Tax exemption letter through their e:vision account. For the period the student is enrolled Full Time, they are effectively "invisible" in the home, for the purposes of Council Tax.
This means that if you are the only adult in the household you should be 100% from paying. If you are one of 2 adults in the household (and the other adult isn't a Full Time student) you become invisible - ie the other adult should get a 25% Single Persons Discount on the Council Tax.
Some Full-Time students may be able to apply for Housing Benefits. Part-Time students may apply for several of the benefits, as dependant on qualifying conditions e.g. disability, dependants, household income etc.
Whether full or a part-time student, household income will be taken into account in any income assessed benefit application. This includes most earnings, savings and student finance payments. Find out more about how student support affects benefits here www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-guides/Student-Support/How-does-student-support-affect-benefits
Jobseekers Allowance/Income Support (JSA/IS/ESA)
Most students who are studying Full-Time are not usually eligible for income-based/contribution based JSA, Income Support or Employment Support Allowance, which is now assessed by Universal Credit.
Exceptions to the rule include some of the following groups:
* Single parents
* Student couples with a child/children
* Students with disabilities
These groups may be able to claim some assistance to cover the summer period by making an application via the Universal Credit system. For further information on the exceptions please ask at the Advice and Representation Centre.
Other Financial Support
If you are responsible for a child, as a full time student you can still claim Child Benefit.
You can get Tax Credits even if you are a full-time student.
If you or your partner are working and have a fairly low income, you may get Working Tax Credit; however, in some case you need to be aged 25 or over. How many hours you need to work will depend on your circumstances,
If you are responsible for children as a lone parent or as a member of a couple, you may get Child Tax Credit.
See the Turn2Us Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit information guides for full details about who can claim. Most student support income is ignored but some additional payments may count as income.
Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (DTOF)
The Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund was set up by the University of Wolverhampton following the withdrawal by the Government of the ring-fenced Access to Learning Fund.
The new Fund was named in the memory of Lord Bilston, former Wolverhampton MP Dennis Turner, with kind agreement of his family.
The application is means-tested but if successful, most awards made will be non-repayable.
The following groups are priorities for support from the DTOF:
- Students with children
- Disabled students (especially where DSA is unable to meet particular costs)
- Students who have entered higher education from care for the period of time spanning their 16th birthday (regardless of age now)
- Students who are 18 to 24 and have no communicative relationship with either living biological parent, or often their wider family
- Students from Foyers or who are homeless
- Students from low income families
- Students receiving the final year loan rate
Find out more www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/ or apply directly through your University e:vision account, via the Fees and Bursaries tab.
The University offers a variety of general study skills which you may find useful. There are a range of workshops, study guides, links to online resources and activities that will help you develop your academic study skills.
Topics include preparing for your exams, reading and note-making, succeeding at group work and improving your presentation skills.
More detailed information from the Skills for Learning website.
If you have specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Dyscalculia, you may be eligible for extra support. Contact the Student Support and Wellbeing website for further information.