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    My partner and I are engaged, however we do not fit the criteria to be classed as independent. Only I am going to university in September 2018. We want to wed in August but we are still not sure of this date.

    I am wondering if we can be classed as legally engaged to be classed as independent?
    And if not, can I apply to student finance now as married and provide the marriage certificate in August?
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    (Original post by stu17260293)
    My partner and I are engaged, however we do not fit the criteria to be classed as independent. Only I am going to university in September 2018. We want to wed in August but we are still not sure of this date.

    I am wondering if we can be classed as legally engaged to be classed as independent?
    And if not, can I apply to student finance now as married and provide the marriage certificate in August?
    Hi Stu1726093,

    You would have to be married before the first day of the first academic year to be classed as independent under this criteria, unfortunately you wouldn't be classed as independent when engaged.

    If you're unsure if you'll be married before the first day of the academic year, there are 2 options when you're applying, you can either say you're not married, this way we would ask for your parents financial details or you can say you are married and we'll request to see a copy of your marriage certificate and your partners details.

    To reassure you though, even if you say you're not married and we request your parents financial details, and then you do get married before the start of the academic year, you can still send a copy of the marriage certificate with a cover letter and your partners financial details and we'll change your application to reflect this.

    I hope this information helps.

    Kind regards,

    John.
 
 
 
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