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    Shelley84
    Benefit entitlement for single parent and full time student
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    • 16th Jul 09, 10:24 PM
    Benefit entitlement for single parent and full time student 16th Jul 09 at 10:24 PM
    Hi,

    I am being made redundant at the end of Aug. My redundancy pay is around £1k.

    I am going to be going to college full time in sept. I am a single parent who lives with my mum and son.

    My monthly pay will go from £1800 to £400!!!

    Any ideas of benefits I can claim? - I will be looking for part time work to fit around college.

    From what I can see, all the benefits for unemployed single parents are not given to those who are also students!

    Any help?!
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  • SuperRy
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    • 4th Aug 09, 12:41 PM
    Benefit entitlement for single parent and full time student...anyone??
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    • 4th Aug 09, 12:41 PM
    I too am currently contemplating a similar situation. I however have been made redundant and i am in the middle of a degree course part-time. I would like to pursue the degree on a full-time basis, but due to financial constraints i.e. mortgage and bills etc, it seems a little to far to achieve.

    Does anyone know of any funding available?

    Shelly84...did anyone get back to you??

    SuperRy
  • SuperRy
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    • 4th Aug 09, 1:25 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 1:25 PM
    if you are a student studying in wales your maybe entitled to a part-time course grant and also, if you have children and live at home and are over 25 (i think) you maybe entitled to an adult dependency grant.

    because i am new, i cannot post a link, please look on google for - student finance wales . co . uk

    If like me, you have been made redundant in wales, then look into the ReAct scheme for £2500 in training fees that you would be entitled to to help you get employment. Contact your local job centre or career wales centre.

    again, google for more info

    Hope this is useful to someone

    SuperRy
    • alwaysonthego
    • By alwaysonthego 4th Aug 09, 2:39 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 2:39 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 2:39 PM
    To the op,

    When you say your monthly pay is going to be £400 per month, what is it consisting of?
  • student_advisor
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    • 4th Aug 09, 7:52 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 7:52 PM
    Any ideas of benefits I can claim? - I will be looking for part time work to fit around college.
    Originally posted by Shelley84
    Depends on the age of your child and what course you'll be doing. The best thing to do is to contact the college you want to study at. They should have a welfare advisor who can discuss your entitlement with you.

    From what I can see, all the benefits for unemployed single parents are not given to those who are also students!
    Originally posted by Shelley84
    This is not the case at all, student lone parents are generally entitled to more that other students, and are funded on a par with those who do nothing for certain courses, for other courses, you end up with more.
  • belinda_67
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    • 5th Aug 09, 7:48 PM
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    • 5th Aug 09, 7:48 PM
    i am a single parent in full time college...you can certainly claim an alg grant of £1,500....and possible a fcf grant all according which type of course you are doing..grant forms are available from your local college.
  • student_advisor
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    • 5th Aug 09, 8:41 PM
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    • 5th Aug 09, 8:41 PM
    i am a single parent in full time college...you can certainly claim an alg grant of £1,500
    Originally posted by belinda_67
    Not if you receive earnings-replacement benefits and only for certain courses, depending on your previous qualifications.
    • alwaysonthego
    • By alwaysonthego 5th Aug 09, 8:47 PM
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    • 5th Aug 09, 8:47 PM
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    • 5th Aug 09, 8:47 PM
    Not if you receive earnings-replacement benefits and only for certain courses, depending on your previous qualifications.
    Originally posted by student_advisor
    The op could be entitled to IS if the course is under 16 hours and depending on her income so would not be entitled to ALG!
    • emmwri
    • By emmwri 5th Aug 09, 9:35 PM
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    emmwri
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    • 5th Aug 09, 9:35 PM
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    • 5th Aug 09, 9:35 PM
    As already mentioned, the best people to speak to are the welfare advisors at the college. I am currently a single parent on income support etc and am planning to apply to start a full time degree course next september. i had absolutely no luck calling the government benefit agencies so i contacted the university direct and they gave me a rough guide of what i could claim and how much. even though i am not yet a student there, they were very helpful and got back to me straight away. hope you get some answers soon
    • mummytofour
    • By mummytofour 6th Aug 09, 3:05 PM
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    mummytofour
    Most college courses are less than 16 hrs per week. If so you will still get your IS/JSA and whatever you are getting now.

    Good luck at college.
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  • miznikki1981
    benefit entitlement
    Im confused about what benefits i may be entiltled too, I will be coming out of full time employment and will be starting university,full time, in september, i have 1 child and have no idea where to start ? can somebody help me or point me in the right direction??
  • dmg24
    Im confused about what benefits i may be entiltled too, I will be coming out of full time employment and will be starting university,full time, in september, i have 1 child and have no idea where to start ? can somebody help me or point me in the right direction??
    Originally posted by miznikki1981
    Have you submitted your Student Finance application? How old is your child?
  • miznikki1981
    I have applied for a maintence grant, which has been successful, been told i will recieve £2324, the fees loan was denied? wondering if this is to do with the fact its is a nursing course? hoping to be eligable for a nhs bursery but so far have had no information through about this either? my child is 5 years old
  • MrsManda
    I have applied for a maintence grant, which has been successful, been told i will recieve £2324, the fees loan was denied? wondering if this is to do with the fact its is a nursing course? hoping to be eligable for a nhs bursery but so far have had no information through about this either? my child is 5 years old
    Originally posted by miznikki1981
    If you are studying an NHS funded course your fees are paid by the NHS so you cannot get a tuition fee loan as you have no fees to pay.
    You can apply for a NHS bursary through here:
    http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/967.aspx

    Have a look here for more information:
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/Applyingforthefirsttime/DG_171537
    • Ettenna
    • By Ettenna 12th Jun 11, 11:32 PM
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    Ettenna
    If you are studying an NHS funded course your fees are paid by the NHS so you cannot get a tuition fee loan as you have no fees to pay.
    You can apply for a NHS bursary through here:
    http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/967.aspx

    Have a look here for more information:
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/Applyingforthefirsttime/DG_171537
    Originally posted by MrsManda
    Are you doing degree or diploma?

    Either way you can't actually apply for the NHS bursary until you have received your bursary number. They are being sent out any time from now until July apparently.

    Within the NHS bursary you should be able to get dependants allowance and parental learning allowance.
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