Thousands of students told they can claim TV Licence refunds worth £50 each

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Students moving home for the summer are being reminded that they could be entitled to £50 in the form of a refund.

The TV Licensing authority said those who currently live in rented accommodation or halls should apply in good time for money back on their bills.

That’s if they’re moving back to a licenced address for the summer break.

In 2017, TV Licensing changed the way it calculates refunds to make it easier for customers to apply.

The new rules meant students would be able claim money back for any full months left on their licence when they move out.

There were 1,776,540 undergraduate students across the UK in 2017/18 according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

And anyone leaving their halls or rented accommodation to return to a licensed address will be able to claim the refund.

TV Licencing said students who bought their licence last October and move out in May will be eligible for a refund worth up to £50.16.

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If you’re studying away from home, you may be able to claim back anything you’ve overpaid

 

Applying is simple and can be done online or over the phone.

Students just need to have their TV Licence details to hand and evidence to show that their licence is no longer needed, such as a copy of the end of their tenancy agreement.

Paul Cooper, spokesman for TV Licensing, said: “Many students are unaware that they can claim a refund on their TV Licence when returning home for the summer and so could be missing out on an extra £50 in their pockets.

“Applying for a refund is quick and easy and we encourage all students who are eligible, or their parents in some cases, to take advantage of it.

“It is important that students needing a TV Licence purchase one at the earliest opportunity when starting university or college to take advantage of the flexible payment options available to them and avoid a fine of up to £1,000.”

A TV licence is needed for anyone who watches or records programmes as they’re being broadcast in real time. It also applies to those using BBC iPlayer.

Licences are needed regardless of the device you use to view – from a desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

Eva Crossan Jory, NUS Vice President (Welfare), said: “A TV Licence is valid for a whole year, so if students purchase a licence in October they can apply for a refund when the academic year has finished and they are no longer living in student accommodation. Many could end up saving some much-needed cash as they go into the summer break.

“If students are uncertain about rebates or need to discuss finances they can approach the advice centre in their university, college or students’ union.”

To arrange a refund or change address, simply visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6113.

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