Final-year students beware
Final-year students’ courses usually end sooner than the official academic year. However, if your term officially ends eg May 24 and it is your final year, you are eligible to apply for JSA straight away. Ensure you provide them with a letter from the uni confirming the term dates for your course and keep saying “final year” all the time.
You will probably be refused JSA but you can appeal because you fulfil the conditions:
– it’s your final year and you have no more classes and you are now actively looking for a job
– it’s your final year and your loan only covers you until the last day of the course
– you have no means of support between the last day of your final-year course and the last day of term
Good luck. Last year, it took us about two months to sort it out. Any questions – just ask.