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    Hi there,

    I am 25 years old and am currently studying in my second year of my undergraduate degree.

    My student finance is currently based on my parents income and I find it difficult to meet basic living costs. However, when applying for finance for this year I was unaware that I am entitled to declare myself an independent student as I am now 25 years old.

    Can you please advise me on this situation. Is there a way in which I can have this reviewed? How should I go about taking the next steps to correct my student finance?

    I look forward to your reply.

    Serena
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    (Original post by SerenaHayes)
    Hi there,

    I am 25 years old and am currently studying in my second year of my undergraduate degree.

    My student finance is currently based on my parents income and I find it difficult to meet basic living costs. However, when applying for finance for this year I was unaware that I am entitled to declare myself an independent student as I am now 25 years old.

    Can you please advise me on this situation. Is there a way in which I can have this reviewed? How should I go about taking the next steps to correct my student finance?

    I look forward to your reply.

    Serena
    Hi

    To be assessed as an independent student you will need to be:

    • are 25 or over before the start of the academic year
    • are under 25 and married/divorced
    • have care of a child
    • are married or in a civil partnership
    • have no living parents
    • are irreconciliable estranged from their parents
    • have been the subject of a care order
    • cannot find their parents or it's not reasonably practical to get in touch with them

    Students can also be considered independent if they supported themselves financially for at least three years prior to the start of study. The three years can include periods when they were:

    • In paid full-time employment
    • In receipt of Income Support, JSA or other state benefits paid to a person who is registered as unemployed
    • In receipt of incapacity benefits, invalidity pension or maternity allowance
    • Receiving training under any scheme for the unemployed or other funding by any state authority or agency

    The three years of self support do not need to be consecutive. However they do need to cover 3 years prior to the start of study.

    Thanks

    Catherine
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    Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I have read most of that information on the website. I had turned 25 by the start of this current academic year, however I did not declare myself an independent student as I was not aware this was possible.

    This means that I am now receiving less student finance than I am eligible for.

    Who can I contact to discuss this with? Would you recommend that I make a formal appeal or complaint?

    Serena
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    (Original post by SerenaHayes)
    Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I have read most of that information on the website. I had turned 25 by the start of this current academic year, however I did not declare myself an independent student as I was not aware this was possible.

    This means that I am now receiving less student finance than I am eligible for.

    Who can I contact to discuss this with? Would you recommend that I make a formal appeal or complaint?

    Serena
    Hi SerenaHayes,

    If your application has been incorrectly assessed we would advise that you contact us so that we can refer this to the processing department to be looked into.

    Tel: 0300 100 0607

    (Open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 8.00pm and between 9.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Local call rates apply).

    Thanks

    Catherine
 
 
 
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