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    Hi all,

    Just want some advise, please. If I convert from part time to full time student, I understand I can apply for Student finance. However based on my calculations, the money I will be getting as a full time student would mean that I would be struggling financially, especially since I will still have financial commitments that I have to meet that I have before I become full-time. My rent is £650 per month (London) and this is the main problem. Is there any other help out there for mature students? (moving house is not an option!)

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    (Original post by Neelam1982)
    Hi all,

    Just want some advise, please. If I convert from part time to full time student, I understand I can apply for Student finance. However based on my calculations, the money I will be getting as a full time student would mean that I would be struggling financially, especially since I will still have financial commitments that I have to meet that I have before I become full-time. My rent is £650 per month (London) and this is the main problem. Is there any other help out there for mature students? (moving house is not an option!)

    Thanks
    The maximum London-rate student loan for 2009/10 is £6,928 - is this the figure you've seen? Part of this can take the form of a grant rather than a loan depending on you income. You can also get extra financial support if you have dependants - there's more detail about this here.

    Beyond this, it would be worth checking whether your university has any extra support schemes of its own.
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    (Original post by Neelam1982)
    Hi all,

    Just want some advise, please. If I convert from part time to full time student, I understand I can apply for Student finance. However based on my calculations, the money I will be getting as a full time student would mean that I would be struggling financially, especially since I will still have financial commitments that I have to meet that I have before I become full-time. My rent is £650 per month (London) and this is the main problem. Is there any other help out there for mature students? (moving house is not an option!)

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    You could move to cheaper accommodation?..so you have more money?..maybe a flat-share?
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    (Original post by jakemittle)
    You could move to cheaper accommodation?..so you have more money?..maybe a flat-share?
    I would have suggested that, but the OP specifically said that he wasn't able to. If there's any chance at all though, it's certainly worth looking in to.
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    The university usually has a hardship fund for students in financial difficulties. I recommend getting in touch with your Advice Centre at the Student's Union. It is usually only open at certain times of the year, but my University also has a summer fund. Also, make sure that you have given your consent for the financial information to be shared with your University. This will allow them to assess you for additional financial aid - such as bursaries or scholarships. Good luck
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    Thanks to everyone who has advised me here. Looking for another place to live is not really an option - I have commitments and a family, whom I cannot move into a flatshare! Unfortunatly, I am not 18/19 anymore and do not have the liberty to get up and leave to move into a flatshare or anywhere for that matter! Getting a job, as well as juggling family and study commitments as a full time student is not an option. Again, I am not an 18 year old who doesn't have commitments (apart from studying commitments) and who is at liberty of living the student life on campus. Thank you for the advise, anyhow and I will certainly contact the relevent department in the University for financial advise. Thank you!
 
 
 
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