Funding your studies
- Get a student account with an interest-free arranged overdraft to give you more financial flexibility.
- Credit cards can be a good way to spread the cost of expensive items, as long as you can pay them off every month.
- Taking out a student loan is one of the cheapest ways to borrow money long-term and you don’t have to pay it back until you are earning over £21,000.
- A graduate account can help ease you into your working life by gradually phasing out your interest-free overdraft.
As a student, a great way to control your finances is to get as much advice and support as possible. Of course, that means talking money and bank accounts, but it also means looking at your lifestyle, too.
There are so many different bank accounts and financial products available, it can be difficult to know the best one to pick when you're a student. Here are some things you should look out for:
These bank accounts are specifically designed for students, so often include an interest-free overdraft. They also commonly include gifts or discounts for things that students use a lot or just like. But it's important to also look beyond the freebies.
These can be a convenient way to manage your money when used appropriately. There's usually an interest free period, so if you can pay them off every month, that's great. They can also help spread the cost of expensive items.
When you’re at university or college, sometimes you need the flexibility of extra money to help tide you over. Student overdrafts can be a short term safety net when you need to borrow some money. With our Lloyds Bank Student Account, you can apply for an interest-free tiered arranged overdraft of up to £1,500 in Years 1 – 3 and up to £2,000 in years 4 to 6.
Like all forms of overdrafts you’ll need to pay it back at some point, but don’t worry we’ll help you keep on top of your spending with mobile alerts to tell you when you’re over your limit. Plus when you graduate, we’ll still be by your side, converting your student account to a graduate account. With our graduate account you can apply for an interest-free tiered arranged overdraft offer for the first three years, helping you move into professional life.
So all your payments are made, it’s important you manage your account within your arranged overdraft limit. If you don’t have enough money in your account or you reach your limit, you may not be able to make any more payments. If a payment takes you over your limit or we stop it, you won’t be charged.
Arranged overdrafts are subject to application and approval and repayable on demand. You must be 18 or over to apply. Arranged overdraft limits and interest rates vary based on your individual circumstances.
Good and bad debt
With the advent of government-sponsored debt in the form of student loans, it is now common for most students to have some debt. But the real danger of this is that students might begin to view all debts as the same, when in fact they aren't. That's why it's important to understand what's meant by the terms 'good debt' and 'bad debt'.
A good debt might include something like a student loan because the interest so low. Obviously, no one wants to be in debt, but with loans such as these, remember that you are investing in your future.
Bad debt is the kind you get with high interest loans or store cards where the interest could be anywhere from around 5% up to 30% a year. Don’t forget, if you have a credit card and you pay your balance off before the required date, you won’t be charged interest. Most credit cards offer up to 56 days interest-free, so check with your provider to find out how many days they offer.
Student loans can be among the cheapest form of long-term borrowing available. Your college or university can help you understand the options available to you and there are plenty of useful websites to help.
These are designed to ease you into your working life by still giving you features, such as an interest-free arranged overdraft, but phasing it down each year as you begin to earn more, helping you pay it off gradually.
When trying to choose a graduate account, an important factor to consider is the length of time you'll be able to use the interest-free arranged overdraft.
Check your balance regularly
Banks offer a wide variety of ways to check your balance, which can really help you stay on top of your finances, particularly when you are on the go. It’s worth checking if your bank offers ways for you to manage your money such as online, telephone and mobile banking.
Plus, you can check your balance at a Cashpoint® machine, at the local branch of your bank or even the Post Office®.
Important legal information
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