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    Hi there, I'm a 35 year old mum of two and I'm finally considering uni! Bit scared about the whole prospect but I think I can handle it, hoping to hear from some mature students who are supporting a family whilst learning. At the moment, I am considering a career in radiology/sonography, but will need to do an access course before I can even think about uni...

    Hubby lost his job last year due to ill health and isn't going to be well enough to do full time work because of his pain levels, I know I'm capable of more than minimum wage but having gone through my options on the various job sites i believe the better option would be to get very poor for a few years and get qualified, so that my earning potential can be increased rather than putting strain on him and he will be able to be there for our kids.

    I would be interested in hearing from anyone who is returning to education having had children, how you have coped and how much financial help there is when you are a low/no income family (benefits/bursaries?) - not sure where to go for advice either... any comments appreciated, thank you xxx

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    Hi Lou,

    I'm 38, 4 kids - the eldest is going to uni herself this year - and I'm going to start my Access course in September. I'm doing the Art & Design Access with my eye on doing a Fine Art degree (I wanted to do Illustration but the uni for that is just to far away.) Have you got a C in both your Maths and English GCSE? I'm just coming to the end of my Maths GCSE. The courses for those are free if you don't have a C grade, I'm doing mine at the local adult ed. centre. I'm not sure how it stands for us mature students - a lot of the websites I read say that uni's require that everyone has those two GCSE's now but when I went for my Access interview he said the rules are a bit hazy for the mature students but that they are going to be tightening up on it.

    We are in a similar position, my OH is self employed and we are going to be very, very skint while I do this, he will be watching our toddler 2 days a week while I'm at the course, so that's 2 days work down. But he is supporting me all the way.

    Money Saving Expert: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/mature-guide some useful links.
    Also the actual gov website is quite helpful - https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
    The calculator doodad - http://www.studentfinance.direct.gov..._schema=portal
    UCAS - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...t-applications

    Carmen x
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    Thanks so much for replying, its great to hear I'm not the only one! Will take a look through those links thank you x
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