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    I am currently living in Northern Ireland and on a BA hons History pathway. I am in my first year and studying 120 credits per year with the Open University. I have recently discovered I am pregnant with the baby due at the end of June. This will not affect my studies this year as my modules will be finishing up before the baby is born. However, my partner lives and works in London and I am planning to move there with both my children at the end of July. I want to continue my course full-time. Although I have some questions about continuing my study as I'm very confused. Would I be entitled to a full-time fee loan studying 120 credits per year? Usually you start to choose your OU modules in March and can apply for student finance from May... how would my application be dealt with if I'm still registered as an NI student until the move in July? Also, what counts as income when you are applying? I am 23 and it states online that my partners income isn't included in my maintainence loan calculation until I'm 25 is this correct? Also does benefits such as child benefit, child tax credit, income related ESA (I'm in the support group) and DLA count towards my income? I will be recieving these in NI at the time of application but will no longer be recieving ESA in England and my DLA will have to be re-assessed. Would this not case some confusion? I would really appreciate some advice as this situation is causing me some concern.
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    DLA isn't counted as income. Not too sure about your other questions.
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    Hi chloeskellingotn

    You would usually continue to apply to the award authority you originally applied to. I would advise you to speak the Education Authority for NI to check your options for funding.

    If you do change award authorities, it can take some time to be changed over. Through SFE you can apply for tuition fee loan, means tested maintenance loan and supplementary grants.

    Thanks
 
 
 
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