I would like some clarification from SFE on this issue and advice if anyone has had experience with the same issue.
I am a 2nd year undergrad student and my elder brother has just completed his undergrad degree. My brother will be continuing in higher education to begin studying a masters degree this September
My SFE funding is based on my mothers income. Whist my brother and I were both undgrad students, my mothers income was classed as 'split' between us. e.g. If my mum earned £30,000 - this was classed as an equivalent income of £15,000 each.
I want to know if this is still this case for my funding this year. With myself still being an undergrad and my brother now a postgrad.
I have contacted both the undergrad and postgrad student finance departments and have been given conflicting information.
Undergrad student finance assured me if my brother applied for a masters loan (as he intends to) although this funding is not based on income; he would still be on the SFE system as being in higher education. And that my mothers income would therefore still be 'split' in relation to my funding as she would still be supporting two children in higher education.
However when I contacted the postgrad department I was told this is not that case; that my mother would only be classed as supporting myself and my brothers higher education situation would not be taken into account.
I would really appreciate some clarification on this, as it will have a big impact on the funding I receive.
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