Student Finance Q&A

Date posted: 20th May 2020

Students who are deaf or have a vision impairment and about to start Higher Education in the Autumn are invited to join a live webinar on Wednesday 27 May (11am-12pm) to look at how to get the right finances in place before they start.

Thomas Pocklington Trust and National Deaf Children’s Society are hosting the live Q&A in partnership with the Student Loans Company.

Tara Chattaway, Student Support Manager at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “Perhaps you haven’t applied yet and don’t know where to start? Or you have applied but are not sure what the next steps are?

“Come and join our webinar with the Student Loans Company. They will talk you through everything you need to know. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions.”

With British Sign Language interpretation and captions provided, the session will cover applying for student finance and Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) in England.

Martin McLean, from the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “This is a unique opportunity to hear from the Student Loans Company directly – to find out about DSA and how to apply.

“It will also cover how COVID-19 is impacting DSA applications, what support you may need in HE and the financial support that may be available.”

Register for the free webinar on 27 May 2020 at 11am via the website.


For further information or images please contact: Penny Wilkinson, Thomas Pocklington Trust, 07974 578 637.

Editors’ Notes

About Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity dedicated to enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. We are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of their needs and aspirations, to working with partners and to developing and implementing services which meet these needs to increase independence and improve lives. These include:

Acting as an advocate and positive change agent for blind and partially sighted people.

  • Creating opportunities for blind and partially sighted people seeking employment.
  • Enabling opportunities and supporting blind and partially sighted people whilst in and entering education.
  • Facilitating the voice and encouraging self-determination of blind and partially sighted people.
  • Being an effective partner and grant funder based on our knowledge of the sector.

About the National Deaf Children’s Society,

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is dedicated to breaking down barriers for deaf children and their families.

The leading charity for deaf children, it gives expert support on childhood deafness, raises awareness and campaigns for deaf children’s rights, so they have the same opportunities as everyone else.

It is determined that deaf children and young people get the education they need to achieve, and provides advice, support and activities to boost self-esteem and emotional well-being, arming deaf children, young people and their parents with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions.

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