BLACK Country students could be entitled to some extra spending money this summer.

Since 1 April 2017, TV Licensing has changed the way refunds are calculated to make it easier for customers to apply for refunds.

This means more students can claim cash back for any full months left on their licence.

If students bought their licence last October and moved out in May, they could receive a refund worth around £48.50. In order to qualify, students need to be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and be moving to a licensed address.

Applying is simple and can be done online at

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

Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing in the West Midlands, said: “Applying for a refund is quick and easy and we encourage all students who are eligible to take advantage of it.

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

A licence is needed for watching and recording live television and watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer. This applies whether using a TV set, laptop, mobile or any other equipment.

Izzy Lenga, NUS Vice President (Welfare) added: “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.”