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    Hi, I've just started my PGCE course and recently received the first installment of my maintenance grant. However, I am not sure if I am actually eligible for the grant. My income for the past two years has been £6,000 per annum (benefits including housing benefit). I have no savings or otger sources of income; I live alone and am aged 26. Originally I applied fir the special support grant as I thought I might be entitled to it with being in receipt of housing benefit. But then the SLC asked me to send evidence of the fact that I would be receiving housing benefit during my studies and I realised that actually I don't qualify for the SSG because I won't be in receiot of HB during my studies (I will be receiving a £12,000 teaching bursary). So I wrote to the SLC by snail mail asking them to cancel the grant and they seem to have ignored that letter. I didn't send in the required evidence and assumed that they would automatically cancel my grant. When I phoned the SLC to explain all of this, the advisor said that the SSG will have defaulted into a maintenance grant and he said that I am eligible for that regardless of the teaching bursary. I just wanted to check if any of you know if receipt of a teaching bursary affects eligibility for the maintenance grant? Has anybody else been in the same situation?
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    (Original post by Sciteach)
    Hi, I've just started my PGCE course and recently received the first installment of my maintenance grant. However, I am not sure if I am actually eligible for the grant. My income for the past two years has been £6,000 per annum (benefits including housing benefit). I have no savings or otger sources of income; I live alone and am aged 26. Originally I applied fir the special support grant as I thought I might be entitled to it with being in receipt of housing benefit. But then the SLC asked me to send evidence of the fact that I would be receiving housing benefit during my studies and I realised that actually I don't qualify for the SSG because I won't be in receiot of HB during my studies (I will be receiving a £12,000 teaching bursary). So I wrote to the SLC by snail mail asking them to cancel the grant and they seem to have ignored that letter. I didn't send in the required evidence and assumed that they would automatically cancel my grant. When I phoned the SLC to explain all of this, the advisor said that the SSG will have defaulted into a maintenance grant and he said that I am eligible for that regardless of the teaching bursary. I just wanted to check if any of you know if receipt of a teaching bursary affects eligibility for the maintenance grant? Has anybody else been in the same situation?
    I can't be sure whether the teaching bursary affects how much SF you recieve, but even if it did, at £12,000, you'd still be eligible for the maximum grant anyway.
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    Thanks - I think I will email the SLC as well just to cover all bases. They don't have a central email address for general enquiries though, they only have complaints and appeals. :-S
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    (Original post by Sciteach)
    Thanks - I think I will email the SLC as well just to cover all bases. They don't have a central email address for general enquiries though, they only have complaints and appeals. :-S
    You have to phone if you want an answer
 
 
 
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