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I have probably posted this in the totally wrong place but I really need some advice. Been with my partner nearly 11 years and we have decided to go our separate ways. He will keep the house as he lived there before myself and my oldest moved in but we have got to find a house and looks like it'll be rented. I'm 40 and have 2 children both at school and I'll be starting 3rd year of my degree in September. If we lived in a rented house what help would I be entitled to and how would it affect my student finance? If anyone can offer any words of wisdom it would be much appreciated x


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(Original post by Lynetteb35)
Hi everyone
I have probably posted this in the totally wrong place but I really need some advice. Been with my partner nearly 11 years and we have decided to go our separate ways. He will keep the house as he lived there before myself and my oldest moved in but we have got to find a house and looks like it'll be rented. I'm 40 and have 2 children both at school and I'll be starting 3rd year of my degree in September. If we lived in a rented house what help would I be entitled to and how would it affect my student finance? If anyone can offer any words of wisdom it would be much appreciated x


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What I would do is contact CAB for a full benefits check. You need to get someone who can deal with mature students with dependents so they dont miss anything.

You will also need to take advice from SFE, but i expect you just record the details in your claim.

You can contact CAB here
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ab...tizens-advice/

You can also try the charity turn2us here
https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/...o/Our-helpline

There are additional benefits you can claim the most importnat being housing benefit because you have dependents.

You can confirm this with Shelter or just contact your local council.
https://england.shelter.org.uk/housi...ousing_benefit

Also if you are being made homeless and live in the area of your uni you can try for a council home. Details will be on their website.

I would also point out further possible benefits that you should check out to see if they are appropriate. Claim everything you are entitled to.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/extra-help

Think thats enough to be going on with and will get you in touch with the people you need to speak with.
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Hey there Lynette,

Firstly, sounds like a difficult situation! Hope it gets sorted for the best.

Tiger has some great advice to be going on with there!

I'd just like to add it'd be worth contacting student finance to ask for advice directly.

It may also be of benefit to speak to your University as they may be able to offer some financial help or at least pastoral support.

All the best,

David
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(Original post by Lynetteb35)
Hi everyone
I have probably posted this in the totally wrong place but I really need some advice. Been with my partner nearly 11 years and we have decided to go our separate ways. He will keep the house as he lived there before myself and my oldest moved in but we have got to find a house and looks like it'll be rented. I'm 40 and have 2 children both at school and I'll be starting 3rd year of my degree in September. If we lived in a rented house what help would I be entitled to and how would it affect my student finance? If anyone can offer any words of wisdom it would be much appreciated x


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Copy this question into Student Financial Support (Ask Student Finance England)- I ordinarily would ask you not to cross post, but I understand that this question sort of straddles Finance and general advice for mature students.
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