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    • knelson
    • By knelson 17th May 19, 10:11 AM
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    Need advice on student loans
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    • 17th May 19, 10:11 AM
    Need advice on student loans 17th May 19 at 10:11 AM
    Hi there. So I've been referred to this website by the Scholarship Hub because I'm in search of any help or advice thats available. My situation is thus: I am an 18 year old who has been offered a place in 4 of my 5 choices so far (undergraduate). I made an application for student finance which has been rejected due to my not having lived in the UK for the past three years consecutively. I am a British national, UK passport holder and have been resident in the UK for 1.5 years. As a child I moved to the Middle East with my father as he took a temporary work position there but with option to renew his contract, which he did for 7 years. As a result Student Finance concluded this did not display an intent to return to the UK and thus my application was denied. As a result I was deemed an overseas student and my first choice university has informed me that I must pay international fees of 13,750 annually, with no access to any bursaries or grants due to the residency rule. At time of writing I have made an application to Future Finance, a private student loan company, and they have made me an offer of 7,000 which is of course well below what I require, but this is the maximum they are prepared to offer. I have been warned by friends and family of the dangers of private loan companies but I am desperate to go to university and am currently attempting to crowdfund the fees without success. If I am unsuccessful I may have to wait until 2021 to enter university which, considering the unfairness of my situation, I will not accept until I have exhausted every possible avenue. Does anyone have any advice for me?
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 17th May 19, 12:48 PM
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    Get your father to pay the fees as your situation is due to his decison to live abroad. Failing that, as you have said,wait until you qualify as a home student.
    • _shel
    • By _shel 17th May 19, 3:05 PM
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    • 17th May 19, 3:05 PM
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    • 17th May 19, 3:05 PM
    How is it unfair? I wouldn't be given loans in any other country I didn't live in.
    Second your dad paying. After all those years working in the Middle East he should have enough savings
    • girllikeme1
    • By girllikeme1 17th May 19, 3:12 PM
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    • 17th May 19, 3:12 PM
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    • 17th May 19, 3:12 PM
    What about seeking a degree apprenticeship?
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