It is important that you carefully plan your budget to ensure you have adequate finances to see you through the year. Budget for accommodation, meals, travel, textbooks and other materials and entertainment. Remember, you will have to pay deposits initially, and if on a grant, you will not receive your first payment until the end of October - or later, if your local VEC has not processed your application.
STUDENT FUNDING Students experiencing financial hardship can seek assistance from the Student Assistance and Benevolent Funds. These funds are administered on a strictly confidential basis by the Chaplain and the Access Officer. It is possible to obtain a grant or a short or long-term loan to help you overcome problems that may be causing academic or personal difficulties. Despite the availability of student grants and the removal of course fees, you may not be able to meet all the financial demands of attending the Institute. Accordingly, if you are experiencing difficulty sourcing or managing finance you should contact the Access Officer or the Chaplain. You are further advised to think very carefully before taking up part-time work as a means of supplementing your funds, because this may affect your attendance or performance at lectures, study, continuous assessment and examinations.