BCU launches advice videos for National Student Finance Day

Last Updated: Monday, 17 September 2012

As part of a national campaign explaining the changes to student finance in England, Birmingham City University has produced a series of videos offering advice to students on saving money and cuttings costs whilst studying at university.

Organised by the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information and headed by consumer campaigner Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com, Student Finance Day on Thursday 20 September 2012 will see universities, schools and colleges working together to ensure prospective students, their parents and teachers understand how the new student finance system works.

Martin Lewis, head of the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information, said: “The myths and misunderstandings of wider society about the new system are still out there. So we need to continue to shout loudly ‘you can go to university’ for the 2013 student intake.

“Our aim is to repeat the huge success of Student Finance Day last year, in getting a more explanatory message out there. Schools, colleges, universities and money advisors all are working together to help make this happen.”

As well as useful information on loans and grants, the five-part Birmingham City University student finance video guide provides students with advice on banking, budgeting and working whilst studying.

Martin Lewis appears in the BCU-produced films, alongside University staff and students who share advice on a range of topics, including finance, accommodation and working while studying.

Direct links to each video:

Professor David Tidmarsh, Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University said: ““Student Finance Day is an excellent opportunity to get the message across to students and parents that if you want to go to university you can. It's also a great way of letting people know what financial help is out there and how they can take advantage of it."

To learn more about Student Finance Day events happening near you and across the UK, visit www.studentfinance2012.com.

Want more advice?

The University offers a wide range of advice and support and the Taskforce has also created a number of resources, including their booklet:
“You Can Afford to go to Uni”.

Download the Taskforce's Android app or iPhone app to find out more information and access their student loan repayment calculator, or view their videos.

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