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    Hi, I'm new here and wanted a little advice.

    My application to begin an undergraduate course in 2011 has just been sent off by UCAS to my uni choices and I've been looking into student finance - I understand the tuition loan but find some of the other stuff a bit baffling as different universities seem to have slightly different processes when it comes to bursaries, grants, maintenance etc.

    I will be 26 when I start uni in 2011 and wondered if anybody can advise me if I am then classed as an independent student, meaning my household income won't be taken in to account when it comes to applying for grants? I've applied to 5 unis, I plan to stay living at home with my parents if I get in to either of the closest 2 or if I end up going to any of the other 3 I will have to move away and therefore will be wanting as much help with maintenance as possible.

    Any advice greatly appreciated, I've only just re-entered education this September after 9 years away and am finding this student lark a bit hard to adjust to!
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    see here
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Educatio...ance/index.htm
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    Thanks, I have had a look at that site before but find it a) confusing to navigate and b) doesn't seem to mention anything about 25+?
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    You'll be classed as independent.
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    Really? It's frustrating that none of the uni websites mention that, it's all just about household income, I wish they'd make it clearer. Hopefully then I'll be eligible for full grants and bursaries!
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    Why would the unis mention it? Funding for tuition and maintenance is nothing to do with them. Only uni bursaries are their concern.
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    (Original post by hypocriticaljap)
    Why would the unis mention it? Funding for tuition and maintenance is nothing to do with them. Only uni bursaries are their concern.
    That's what I mean, under all the sections about who is eligible for bursaries they only mention household income!
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    If you are unmarried and over 25, you'll be independent and get considerably more funding. At least £3k of free money, plus extra from a uni bursary. Unless you own houses or something and have a massive income yourself next year.
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    Thanks, definitely good news!
 
 
 
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