SF have been pretty rubbish working out my finance this year, and I've just got notification of the grant amount, which is under half of what it was before with no changes at home.
I've just got off the phone to them, and the guy there said it was lower in the final year of uni, as it doesn't need to support you over the summer.
I've tried and failed to search the web to find any evidence to support this, so I'm asking you guys.
Any truth to this, or have SF just screwed up my application yet again?
You are only funded until you stop being a student - at the end of your your final term, in June. The advice is correct.
They're correct that you get less finance in your final year because they only fund you until June, but unless your circumstances have changed the grant amount should remain the same. It's the loan that you get less of as a final year student.
As others have mentioned, the guy is 100% correct.
Finance is definitely lower in final year, it certainly affected my loan when i was at uni but I didn't qualify for the grant so I don't know.
On my PGCE I qualified for the full grant of £2906...I would have thought as it was a 1 year course it would be counted as final year and have been reduced. But I actually received more finance than the maximum amount cos my course started on 6th Sept, we only got 2 week holidays and it ran to mid July - it was longer than your average uni year basically.