Student vs. Financial Advice
The best thing to remember when approaching these is that you’re not alone. Other students around you are going through the same thing and there are resources out there to help you along:
- Don’t be afraid to talk – If you’re struggling financially, don’t suffer in silence. Talk to your parents, partner, and friends; don’t be ashamed. Talking alone can distress you, and they may even be able to suggest a solution to your problem
- Utilise University Resources – Just about every university and college has some sort of advice counsel who are available for advice, guidance or a shoulder to cry on. Universities tend to have a specific person or team who actually deal for student finances and its related problems, so if you’re struggling, make an appointment and see what they can do.
- Investigate ‘Access Funds’ – If you are seriously struggling then investigate, or talk to your university about access funds. These can possibly come available for students in need of certain things, but aren’t always openly advertised.
- Contact NASMA – The National Association of Student Money Advisors is a counsel of specifically-trained advisors who are there to help and advise students who are struggling with their finances. They will be able to direct you onto a path of solving your stresses and may be able to advise you of free financial help.
- If all else fails… – Well you do have the parents, and it’s not unheard of for students to go grovelling back home for a bit more dosh. We advise you to stick to a ‘money mantra’ of, if you really don’t need it/it’s not worth it/won’t use it/it’s not the cheapest/you can’t afford it, DON’T GET IT.
The biggest thing to remember, is not to suffer alone (yes, that’s the 34973th time we’ve we said it) because not only is it bad for your studies, but it can seriously harm your health and wellbeing!