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    I logged on to SFE today to see my maintenance loan has been approved (highest amount) but no maintenance grant despite having a 14-15 income of 19,000 and 15-16 income of 17,000.

    More worryingly, I got ZERO for being a parent, which is different to what the calculator told me all this time. No childcare grant, no parent allowance. I have three children and one on the way and the grant is the only way I was going to manage Uni. When I did the calculations I was told I was eligible for both, plus a maintenance grant - what changed?

    I don't get help in any other way as my husband is self employed and I have been a student (to get access to Uni which now seems a waste )

    Is this an error or is that right - even with an income of only 17,000 you don't get any extra funding if you have children?
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    (Original post by DS815)
    I logged on to SFE today to see my maintenance loan has been approved (highest amount) but no maintenance grant despite having a 14-15 income of 19,000 and 15-16 income of 17,000.

    More worryingly, I got ZERO for being a parent, which is different to what the calculator told me all this time. No childcare grant, no parent allowance. I have three children and one on the way and the grant is the only way I was going to manage Uni. When I did the calculations I was told I was eligible for both, plus a maintenance grant - what changed?

    I don't get help in any other way as my husband is self employed and I have been a student (to get access to Uni which now seems a waste )

    Is this an error or is that right - even with an income of only 17,000 you don't get any extra funding if you have children?
    It's possible that you haven't yet been assessed for the childcare component. That would be handled by a different department. Worth phoning SF to query it.
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    I did call them and she just said it was assessed on personal circumstances/income etc. I asked several times, because it didn't seem right. It seems only people who are working very part time/single parents get the grant, which is a shame because when I used their calculator, they told me I was entitled.
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    (Original post by DS815)
    I did call them and she just said it was assessed on personal circumstances/income etc. I asked several times, because it didn't seem right. It seems only people who are working very part time/single parents get the grant, which is a shame because when I used their calculator, they told me I was entitled.
    Unfortunately the online calculator tells you what you'd be rntitled to *if* you were eligible. It automatically assumes that you are eligible, rather than telling you whether you're eligible or not. It's very misleading and you're not the first person we've seen here being led up the garden path. I wish they'd make the system clearer. Sorry you've been let down.
 
 
 
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