Student financial advice please.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Student Money Saving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Student Money Saving
Our son left home at 18 to volunteer abroad for 2 years. He has financed this all himself and will be hime At 20 years old to start a five year masters. Regarding student finance is it true there maybe a loophole whereby he might be exempt from paying tuition fees as ge has been independant for over two years or is someone havinf a laugh? Any advice appreciated

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  • TaikoTaiko Forumite
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    No truth whatsoever. In actual fact, he could well be ineligible for any finance, depending on where he was.
  • scattersongscattersong Forumite
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    Definitely not exempt I would have thought.

    Maybe you're thinking of his status as an 'independent student'.
    That would mean that the loan/grant would be based off his income and not his parents. (so in effect he'd probably be able to borrow more money)

    According to SFE:
    Independent students

    If you're an independent student your income and your partner's income is assessed.
    You're classed as an independent student if:
    • you're 25 or older
    • you have a child
    • you have no living parents
    • you are or have been married or in a civil partnership
    • you've supported yourself for three years
    • you're estranged from your parents
    However to be eligible:
    Your nationality or residency status

    You can apply if:
    • you’re a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay)
    • you normally live in England
    • you’ve been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
    Take a look here for more info..... https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

    Probably best to ring them up and speak to someone though. :)
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