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    • foolofbeans
    • By foolofbeans 31st Jul 18, 2:33 PM
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    When does the academic year start?
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    • 31st Jul 18, 2:33 PM
    When does the academic year start? 31st Jul 18 at 2:33 PM
    My eldest has applied for student finance as an independent student as they will be 25 on 4th September. SLC have now said that the academic year starts on 1st September and therefore they will only be 24 so don't class as an independent student.

    I can't find anywhere that defines the academic year start date on SLC. The university states their academic year starts on 18th September for 2018-19.

    Any advice?
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 31st Jul 18, 4:54 PM
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    See Note 2 on Page 4.


    http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/1819/ft/sfe_how_you_are_assessed_and_paid_guide_1819_o.pdf
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 3rd Aug 18, 3:01 AM
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    Would they not qualify under the 'supported themselves for at least 3 years'? I've no idea what criteria is used to determine this.


    https://www.ucas.com/finance/student-finance-england/finance-independent-students
    • t_savez
    • By t_savez 4th Aug 18, 2:42 PM
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    • 4th Aug 18, 2:42 PM
    I imagine the SLC say 1st of Sept due to range of start dates across the UK and need to release funds before the course start.



    But the actual start date is the 18th!
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 4th Aug 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 4th Aug 18, 6:56 PM
    I imagine the SLC say 1st of Sept due to range of start dates across the UK and need to release funds before the course start.



    But the actual start date is the 18th!
    Originally posted by t_savez
    Course start date is 18th
    Academic year start date os 1st
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 6th Aug 18, 9:06 AM
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    There is a logic to this, in that the school year cohort is for all pupils born from 1 September to 31 August. So having a 1 September cut off puts everyone in the same school year in the same situation.
    Last edited by silvercar; 11-08-2018 at 7:17 PM. Reason: Forgot how many days were in August! Thank for the reminder Spendless
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 7th Aug 18, 8:26 AM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 8:26 AM
    There is a logic to this, in that the school year cohort is for all pupils born from 1 September to 30 August. So having a 1 September cut off puts everyone in the same school year in the same situation.
    Originally posted by silvercar
    Small correction 1st September to 31st August. Only putting it, just in case it ever causes confusion with anyone's child born on Aug 31st. If you want to edit your post, I'll delete this, because I'm wanting to be helpful rather than pedantic.
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