I've been studying with the OU part time, my degree started in October 2012 and I took a rest until this January due to having twins, I've enrolled to go full time from October. My husband is also starting with the OU on a degree part time in October.
We have children (including young twins) and he's currently looking after them (one of which was born with a rare condition meaning he needs a lot of care) while I study as well as claiming JSA (apparently we're not entitled to income support). Obviously from October our whole situation will shift and I can't find any information to calculate what is best for my family.
I've heard that with the OU you can't get help for dependants etc. via student finance and I'm not sure how we'd stand with income support/jobseekers.
Has anyone else been in this positon? Does anyone know of a calculator that includes full time students?? The whole point of OU study is to make a better life for our family while still being able to look after them. I need to plan so that my family doesn't suffer financially.
Thanks in advance.
Need advice OU study and income/family
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