Funding for PGCE - not been independent for long enough?

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    Hi all,

    I am looking into going into Secondary Science (Biology) for 2017 and the new bursaries have come out. Biology this year will be £12,000 for a 2:1 and so I am also looking at a maintenance loan. This is because I am a homeowner with my boyfriend and cannot go back and have a career change unless I can make the same I do now.
    Looking at the maintenance loan, and remembering the process from when I was an undergraduate, it says you have to live away from your parents for 3 years. I have only lived away from my parents for 1 year so I am confused as to what I would put down in my funding application. My questions are:
    1. Would I still have to rely on my parents income even though I don't live there anymore?
    2. Would they take into account my wage and my boyfriends wage (even though I'll have to quit my job to do my course), or would they just take into account what my boyfriend earns?

    I have been employed full-time since May 2015 and we bought our house in September 2015.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
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    I believe that, if you are over the age of 25 and do not live with your parents, their income won't be assessed. They will assess your eligibility based on yours and your boyfriend's incomes during the 2015-16 tax year, however, if you expect your household income to drop by 15% or more during your training year, you can apply for your current year's income to be used for assessment instead.
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    (Original post by Pierson)
    I believe that, if you are over the age of 25 and do not live with your parents, their income won't be assessed. They will assess your eligibility based on yours and your boyfriend's incomes during the 2015-16 tax year, however, if you expect your household income to drop by 15% or more during your training year, you can apply for your current year's income to be used for assessment instead.
    Thank you!!!! This was very helpful
 
 
 
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