Category Archives: Student Finance

Help is at hand for students who are fudgeting their budgeting…

You may have seen my recent feature on FOMO-affected students who are overspending to keep up with the Joneses (or should that be  the Kardashians?!)…You may be a student who is struggling to keep that urge to splurge under the … Continue reading

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How much do students rely on payday loans and how they can get out of a debt spiral?

Thousands of students could be directed to payday lenders by a growing pack of online brokers based overseas, as a new report warns that undergraduates are becoming resigned to debt. BY IONA BAIn The National Union of Students has stepped … Continue reading

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Why grandparents can be a financial lifeline for the younger generation…

By Iona Bain When I started my blog three years ago, nobody was really talking about how the downturn would affect young people. I remember reading the occasional newspaper column that highlighted the toxic economic environment ahead of us. I … Continue reading

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The rise of the virtual university

My latest column for Baillie Gifford – this month, I’m discussing whether the virtual university will ever replace the real thing, given the VERY persuasive financial upsides… Iona Bain If you were asked to conjure up a picture of university, … Continue reading

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How much will it REALLY cost a student to insure their laptop?

Students who want to protect their precious gadgets need to examine the true price of proper insurance – so what can students do to safeguard their belongings? by Iona Bain So you have a clutch of great A-levels, you’ve been … Continue reading

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What happens to your student overdraft when you graduate? A guide to current accounts for big boys and girls

Students have been celebrating the end of their degrees in style. But graduates like me are coming to the end of our overdrafts and switching to current accounts with tough rules on borrowing. Don’t get stung by high charges and … Continue reading

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