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    Just wondering how many people at uni get regularly money from their parents? My brother is a fresher this year, and he doesn't, but he says pretty much everyone else he knows at uni does. Is this true for most places?

    The way student finance works is that your parents income is taken in to account, so if your parents earn a reasonable amount (£50k+) they're expected to cough up. In fact, in my 1st year at uni in 2005 it actually printed an amount of "assumed parental contribution" - about £1000 I think, on the letter telling me how much I'd get.

    Some parents refuse to support their kids, which I do think is a bit sad. Especially since often it's the ones who put their kids through private education til they're 18, then the next year cut them off without a penny. Very strange.
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