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  1. Hello, While I was at university, we were all given iPads on loan in our last year and I made the mistake of leaving mine in a classroom one day. I informed the university as soon as I realised and was pretty much told by at the time not to worry as they could likely locate it. Of course, it never turned up, or at least was not logged on their system to have done, and they started emailing me after my graduation (June 2016) asking me to return or pay for it. I informed them I didn’t have it to return and could not afford to pay them the sum of £500 for it. I ignored thei
  2. Hi, It's been a while since I've been on these forums, I used to give advice but I don't know how much has changed in the last few years. My girlfriend today got a "Parking Charge Notice". "Reason(s) for issue: Restricted Area". She parked over yellow crosshatches (aka graffiti). She has a permit but there were no spaces. University website advises people to follow the instructions on the "Parking Charge Notice". "Amount due: GBP 60.00". (30.00 if within 14 days). I know she should do nothing and wait for the NTD comes through, which they have 28 days to send.
  3. Hi, I wonder if any one can give me any advice! I was enrolled into university September 2015 and was at university for around a week before I was involved in a serious car accident. The accident resulted in me having to withdraw from the course. The university provided absolutely no support to help me stay on the course as I was so reluctant to leave. I was told I had to pay £195 to them for 'Tuition fees' even though the first week I was there I didn't learn a thing! I've been paying £10 a month to STA International to clear this debt and have been for the last 6 m
  4. Hi there guys, my son decided that University was not for him and came home the second week of December 2016. He has just received a demand (request) for an overpayment of Maintenance Loan of £337.12 which is due immediately. They do however offer to discuss the matter and work out a repayment plan. This has been made by "Student Loans Company" slc.co.*k Unfortunately my son had already budgeted for what he needed for the rest of the term and had spent all of his remaining maintenance loan. As far as i was aware both the tuition fees and maintenance loan were not repayable until
  5. Hi, I have just received a claimform from Hadfield & Co Solicitors on behalf of my old Uni. It is over an extra module that I had taken but didn't complete due to dropping out of Uni entirely due to personal reasons. I accept that I owe the module amount, which is £578 but they are claiming an amount of 726.11 plus a £60 court fee and £70 legal representative costs - £856.11. They had assigned a debt collector, who I was about to enter into an agreement with around September 2015. I can't remember the name of the company after one phone call, the
  6. Hi all, I hope you are well. I have been in foster care since I was 3 until I was 21, and now I am 22. However social said they would keep supporting me until I was 25 as long as I am in full time education. I completed three years at university and got my degree, I then decided to do a masters. However when I was barely a month or so into the masters I had to come home because I was taken ill. I wasn’t in a fit state to continue with mental health problem, thus at this point so I decided to defer my masters. I was realised from hospital and came home, at this point social services
  7. Hi Son is at Leeds Trinity , he lives on site they have TPS covering their car parks, he has received parking the charge advice please. He has to put a ticket on at 8am on a Monday for the Week they charge him £10 a week to park, he didnt get up in time.Ticket has come to my house as this is the registered address for his car. Will this go to debt collection agency thks
  8. Not sure if I have in the correct part of the forum. A friend of mine has received a Claimform from Northampton/Salford for a course started and stopped at the end of 2012. Date of service tomorrow and received yesterday. The amount is for £1800. Interest being charged and added at 8% per year. Brief outline was, started course and explained he was applying for student finance - and signed paperwork. Student finance was declined after 2 months - he had been paying the monthly fee himself but explained he couldn't carry on as couldn't afford. also expl
  9. Hi. I'm 24 and looking to go back into education in September (by which time I'll be 25) to study Animal Behaviour. I was told by a university this week that I would need either A Levels or an Access to HE course to allow me to apply. There seems to be plenty of funding available for university students, but I can't seem to find any for full time college students, as you can not apply for student living grants/loans until uni. I am living away from home and have been claiming ESA for a while now, but that will be ending soon. I know I can get a loan to cover the cost of
  10. I have 3 kids, all away at university although they return here during the holidays and still class this as their home address. Are any of them classed as still being dependents for benefits purposes? They are 24, 21 and 18.
  11. Hello everyone, i am currently in a very worried state. Today i was banned from asda for shoplifting. They took me to a quiet room on the side with CCTV which they said took my picture. No Police were called, they simply made me sign a form stating that i was banned from all ASDA stores. They took my student ID and i assume they wrote down some details from it, and told me that my university would be notified of what had happened. The goods were returned to the shop and i offered to pay for them anyways, which the manager declined. I remained very appologetic and cooperati
  12. Hello I am helping a friend who would like to go to university next year. She moved with her parents from Romania to England in Feb 2013 and is currently at school doing second year at sixth form and will take A levels next summer. Is she eligible for a student loan and maintenance grant if she starts at university in England in 2015, or does she have to have lived in England for 3 years? If there is a 3 year requirement then presumably she just needs to wait a year and go in 2016? Anyone know if Romania offers any financial support for its citizens going to University out
  13. Have you just received your A-level results and are planning to start university this autumn? If so, you're likely to be one of the many students who will soon be moving into halls of residence or private rented accommodation for the first time. Moving away from home can be quite daunting, so it's useful to know what to expect before you move. Our student housing information can help you along the way: if you're thinking of moving into halls of residence if you're thinking of moving into private rented accommodation.
  14. I have been studying with the Open University for about 6 years now. I took out and OUSBA loan to cover module fees in January. I took the loan out on the understanding that I was eligible for transitional fee's. I withdrew from the module in march time because it just wasn't for me, on the phone the lady told me to just carry on paying OUSBA and register for my new module that starts in october and they will use my OUSBA credit to pay for it, so I wouldn't lose anything and my new module would be paid for. Now thay have decided that I am no longer eligible for
  15. Can the Open University increase its fees after a module has started. Student finance has just sent me a letter saying they have and my loan adjusted accordingly
  16. Good afternoon. Received letter from Lewis Debt Recovery on Friday 26/10/2013 demanding 46.73 to be paid by 30/10/2013. They give my University Reference number and then info that notice was issued on behalf of my University in Scotland. As far as I remember this is a notice issued by University for using their parking for one hour (similar to a parking fine) but this detail is not mentioned in the Lewis Debt Recovery Final Demand. Please let me know how should I proceed with this Final Demand. Should I pay this since it is originally from University? Best reg
  17. Hello Last year I was paid a bursary of £500 from university. 3 weeks later they asked for it back and said they had paid it in error. I am a student with a wife! who has a job. They told me as they had learnt my wifes salary (40000) I wasn't eligible. however this was my last year at university and I had recived bursarys every year without any problems. I explained the money was already gone and I was unable to pay. Anyway to cut a long story short via control account, who I ignored (consumer action reading and advice), And also some threatening emails from university, I have now receive
  18. I have been making some discrete inquiries with my local job centre over the last few weeks on claiming JSA. My redundancy payment balance is now looking rather small and any extra will help. I am in my third year with the Open University doing a Law Degree. The adviser at the benefits office has given me a form saying that if i wish to claim any sort of benefit then i have to give all details on my course. My understanding is that as long as i do not spend more than 16 hours a week studying, i am within the regulations My question is, considering the degree course is not full t
  19. The loans, sometimes taken by student-parents to feed their children, lead to “desperate measures” as people get caught in a vicious cycle of debt, it is said. As a result companies which offer short term, unsecured loans at high interest rates have been banned from advertising anywhere on the University of East London campus, including in magazines, on posters, or online. UEL made the move as more students were turning to the firms to tide themselves over between grants and loans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/loans/9898361
  20. Hi there, I have searched high and low for information on whether my DRO would be stopped if I got a maintenance loan and grant when I start university this year but to no avail. i've tried to get to the bottom of whether these loans and grants are classed as income and would it affect the dro but there is nothing. Basically just this month I got my DRO through and it has dawned on me about income in general (i'm still shaky on the idea of getting a part time job whilst i'm in my current study at college) and since i have had my offers to numerous universities that means wi
  21. This issue involves Barclays bank/HDFC back (india) and a University. My brother has enrolled into a university which has fees of 16600 GBP (14,98,814(@90.29) INR). He issued a Demand Draft from the local bank in India (HDFC) and went to London. When he first Presented the Draft to the University, I was told that theres something wrong with the DD and so please arrange to pay by bank transfer. He contacted HDFC bank regarding this and they sent him a mail in 2-3 days saying the problem has been solved so kindly represent the DD back to the Univ. What was the problem and why the tran
  22. Hi all, first post here so sorry if it's in the wrong place. I have been receiving phone calls and letters from a company called STA international claiming I owe £780 from a University Accommodation debt. According to the University it is because even though I moved out, I was still liable for the charges. I left university late 2008 and don't feel that this debt is mine. I stupidly made one payment to shut them up earlier this year (guessing it means I can't wait for it to become SB) What do I do? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
  23. More than 2,000 students potentially face deportation after a London university had its licence to teach and recruit overseas students revoked. London Metropolitan University has had its right to sponsor students from outside the EU revoked, and will no longer be allowed to authorise visas. Ministers say the university is not tracking course attendance and that many students have no right to be here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19419395
  24. Hi, My girlfriend took up a Uni course at Aston last summer but withdrew in October. We are aware of, and perfectly willing, to pay tuition fees of 1/3rd the total that would be due, as is outlined on their website for this situation. The catch is this - she was entitled to DSA (disabled students allowance) which should cut the yearly fees down from £9k to £3k. For a variety of reasons, internal communication breakdowns most likely, the DSA-adjusted fee was never actually applied and to this day her account is still at the non-DSA amount. Thus, we now have debt co
  25. My friend, a student at Canterbury Christ Church university, parked his car several times in one of the university car parks without incident, until one day he got a ticket - and then another. In line with advice I have seen on this site, I advised him to ignore them. In time letters arrived, increasing the penalty from £70 to £140 for each ticket. Again, I advised him to do nothing in response to letters from the security company. Eventually, a letter from the university itself arrived, which said that if the amounts remained unpaid then his diploma would be withheld
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