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HannahRachael
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Can someone explain to me why through universities eyes you are classed as a mature student at 21 years old but in student finance’s eyes you are not mature until you are 25, as I’m slightly annoyed that I am 23 years old and seen as a mature student but even though I live on my own and have done for 2 years student finance do not class me as an independent because I am not 25
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I’m having the exact same problem! I’m unsure what they mean as to be self supporting for 3 years
Because I’ve been working full time for 3 years now and so have been “self supporting” and paying rent etc but have only lived out of home for 1 year!
It’s so annoying because if I have to put my dads income I’ll get way less finance!
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(Original post by HannahRachael)
Can someone explain to me why through universities eyes you are classed as a mature student at 21 years old but in student finance’s eyes you are not mature until you are 25, as I’m slightly annoyed that I am 23 years old and seen as a mature student but even though I live on my own and have done for 2 years student finance do not class me as an independent because I am not 25
Lobby your MP if you want change - this is decided by the Government, not by SFE or anyone else.

I agree it's a stupid policy.
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(Original post by HannahRachael)
Can someone explain to me why through universities eyes you are classed as a mature student at 21 years old but in student finance’s eyes you are not mature until you are 25, as I’m slightly annoyed that I am 23 years old and seen as a mature student but even though I live on my own and have done for 2 years student finance do not class me as an independent because I am not 25
Whether a university considers you mature or not is pretty meaningless. Nothing depends on it. Clearly you arent actually mature at 21 and its only a method used to distinguish people who are applying other than immediately after leaving school. Feel free to point out what its significance is for universities.

In contrast for SFE it costs them money and 25 is the benchmark as set by the government. There are exceptions to this rule, but you have not been independent for long enough. Wait another year.
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It's difficult.
An age has to be set for it.

If not then people can just move out of their parents house and claim for a full maintenance loan.

Another example is if they change it to 21 then they create an incentive to wait 3 years before going to university.
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