So, I started university late - I was 22 in my first year. I've really struggled financially throughout university as my student finance has been based on my parents income.
Both my sisters live at home with both my parents working full time so as you can imagine, I get very little help from student finance. I've already used all my savings from working full time before uni.
I don't receive any help from home, meaning I have to work night shifts just to afford rent whilst studying full time. It did begin to effect my grades last year.
I'm currently on and unpaid placement and I'm freaking out about final year because I am earning no money at the moment.
So I actually turn 25 on Sep 5th 2018, this would mean I'm finally classed as independent. However, I've been advised by student finance that they class the 'acedemic year' as September 1st, even though my university doesn't open until October.
Basically they're saying I'm still classed as 24 for that funding year, absolutely awful as I think I'm going to have to drop final year if this is the case.
Does anyone have any help or advise?
Also student finance - I believe that your age when your course STARTS in more logical, considering I won't be getting any money from you until October anyway...so why do you take my age from Sep 1st?!