Student Parents at UniversityWatch
My partner and I are expecting a child this December, and are 17; will be 18 this academic year of course. As we don't qualify as mature students, but will still be parents, there is little information to help us really.
We want to go to university, always have wanted to, etc. My top choice is University of Leeds, to study Mathematics and Music BSc, and her's is Leeds Conservatoire to study Musical Theatre BA. The underlying issue is that we live around 4.5 hours away from Leeds.
We are entitled to the maximum maintenance loan, plus PLA, Child Benefit, and Childcare Grant. Therefore, we will have around about a 20k annual income. We're not worried about money too much, emphasis on the "too". The main issue is that, moving so far away with a child, we will have little to no family support for childcare, etc. I just would like some advice from students, and student parents about what to do in our situation. I have always been high achieving, and am predicted A*D*D*D*, for this year, but I am just worried about doing it.
Obviously, we can't stay in halls of residence, due to having a child with us. Family accommodation is an option, but has long waiting lists, and drives up our expenditure considerably. I know we would be entitled to Universal Credit, but would rather be off of that by the time we go to University due to not really wanting to deal with the DWP.
I'm kind of just blabbering on a screen, but some advice would be really handy for my partner and I.
And to point out, nowhere near us offers a Musical Theatre, or Performing Arts BA for my partner; so we're kind of forced to look further afield.
Thank you for reading
Student life, in partnership with UEA
Also Congratulations! Best of luck
I started uni when my youngest was 5 so was full time at school.
My first year of uni was so stressful and tiring, so I'd say that you and your partner should stagger your starting years.
It'll be hard work but it's definitely doable. The only time I don't have much free time is when I'm editing final work, it takes me ages. Just see it as a job and keep evenings completely free. You can do it!