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    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 10th Jun 19, 9:21 PM
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    Struggling to find an answer to this...
    I do not have a degree. I am a mature (very ) student. I have applied to a uni to do a 3 year degree, I hoped to do an integrated masters in year 4. I have received an 'unconditional' offer. However, the offer I have been given includes a foundation year (didn't really want that but that's what they offered). This means 5 years not 4 if I want a masters.

    I will be 58 y.o. a few days before the start of the course.
    I understand that I have to be under the age of 60 on the 1st day of the first year of the course to be eligible for the maintenance loan which means the 4 years would be covered but - would the masters be classed as a 'new' degree ?

    The young (very ) lady at SFE couldn't give me an answer
    Last edited by TheGardener; 10-06-2019 at 9:43 PM.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 11th Jun 19, 7:25 AM
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    My understanding is that integrated masters are one 4 year degree, I'm not sure that you even get awarded the bachelor degree after 3 years.

    I'd be more wary of whether the foundation year is a separate course that leads on to the main degree course.

    Be very careful on dates, I did read that student finance take the 1 September as the age point, rather than the first day of the course.
    • TheGardener
    • By TheGardener 11th Jun 19, 12:09 PM
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    Spoke to SFE again this morning and it seems the foundation + 4 year integrated masters is the way to go and the funding would continue as it would be classed as a continuous programme. Even if the foundation were sperate - I'd still fall into the 'under 60' group at the point the 4 yr BA/Masters started.
    Took a bit of head scratching at SFE but they concurred that I should take that option rather than 1yr foundation +3yr BA +1 Masters as Masters in this scenario would be a 'new' course and I would be too old to get the post grad funding.

    If SFE take 1st of Sept then that is actually better for me as I'd only be 57 then!
    • Gerkintrigg
    • By Gerkintrigg 15th Jun 19, 2:26 PM
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    Did you know that when you pay your employer your student loans money, they give it to the HMRC, who only give it to the student loans company at the end of the year!? Until then, you’re paying interest on the interest you’re accruing on the FULL balance. What a con!
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