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    Hi,
    I have been working in the civil engineering industry doing CAD for past four years and am hoping to get into university to study primary education as I have submitted a late application.

    As I am going from working full-time to part-time I am worried about the funding, at the moment I pay for my car, insurance, rent (live with parents) and any thing else I need.

    As my parents earn over the threshold I am not entitled to any grants, but as they do not really support my decision to go back into education I am not sure how I am going to be able to afford to live.

    I heard about a grant that is available if you can prove that you have been self-sufficient for 3 years prior to starting uni, does anybody know anything about this?
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    You have to prove you been independent from your parents for student finance to base the loans/grant on your income. But that's really hard to do when you still live at home. Am in same position am 24, but won't be classed independent till am 25 when student finance consider you Independent anyway. There's not much you can do. I pay rent, car insurance, running my car but am saving loads to cover myself first year. As am only getting 3575 this year the part of maintenance loan not income based. I'll be alright next year as I'll be 25 and independent and have never earn't over the threshold. So second year i'll get maximum amount I can get from loan/grant. All i can suggest is save if you can now while working full time and work part time while studying. There isn't much else you can do.


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    If you've been earning over £7500 for three years, you can be classed as self-sufficient. I still live at home, but have earned over the threshold. I phoned student finance to check, and they said that that was enough. I had to send my P60s, but am still waiting for a response from them.
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    That's a point, kind of sucks for me three out of the fours years I earn't over that. But 2010-2011 was a low year in my income. So I doubt I'll be able to be considered independent. Which is why I didn't ask in end. I been fully assessed for just the non income based part of the maintenance loan. Don't know if it's worth trying to be considered independent.


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    (Original post by lozzielizzie)
    That's a point, kind of sucks for me three out of the fours years I earn't over that. But 2010-2011 was a low year in my income. So I doubt I'll be able to be considered independent. Which is why I didn't ask in end. I been fully assessed for just the non income based part of the maintenance loan. Don't know if it's worth trying to be considered independent.


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    There's no harm on phoning them to ask


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    Yea true I been fully assessed and got all paperwork through. I doubt they will accept it as I was lower than threshold one year. But well over it the other years. So not sure what to do. Am not sure if maybe if I could the last tax year in 2012 to 2013. Plus the three previous years. Then they could see that I earnt over in all but one year of the last 4 years.


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