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What age makes you a mature student?

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    My sixth form said that when I join university in September I will be a mature student because I'll be 20. Now I'm aware that I'm not 18 like a lot of people going to university, but I assumed 21 and above was the age for mature student.
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    I thought it was 21...
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    It is 21. It doesn't make a difference to much though. Makes more of a different at Oxbridge because you have different options for colleges. At other unis it is 21, usually. It doesn't effect funding (it's independant status that does that).
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    21+, I'm pretty sure.
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    It's 21. I'll be 20 when I go, too.
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    21 or 26 for financial purposes.
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    ^ That's the one. At 21 I was considered as a 'mature' student, but I won't count as an independent student in terms of student loans until I'm 25/26 (as I've not been living out of home for three years already).
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    pfft. Doesn't that mean technically you're a mature student when you graduate, as you graduate at 21? (not to mention longer courses and gap year students)
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    (Original post by jonnythemoose)
    pfft. Doesn't that mean technically you're a mature student when you graduate, as you graduate at 21? (not to mention longer courses and gap year students)
    It refers to when you start the course.
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    I'm going to turn 20 a couple of months after starting my course. I know i'm not going to be old at all and lots of people take a gap year, but it still feels a little weird.
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    (Original post by Laus)
    It's 21. I'll be 20 when I go, too.
    Yep same!
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    shush I'll be grey haired and 28!

    damn you pesky kids.
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    (Original post by playford)
    shush I'll be grey haired and 28!

    damn you pesky kids.
    Pfft to your greys! My boyfriend has grey hairs in his beard, and he's only 20.. greys mean nothing! :p:
Updated: January 22, 2008
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