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    I’ve been accepted to start at university in September eek! I have a 8yr old daughter and I currently work part time.

    I was just wondering if anyone can help me work out if I will be ok financially to go to uni.

    My current income includes my wages, child benefit, child tax credit, working tax credit and also child maintenance.

    I’m hoping to keep working as I only do 18.5hrs per week while I study for my degree, but just wondering what benefits I may be entitled to if I work and study at the same time.  As obviously I will be applying for student finance so just a bit confused as to whether I will lose money elsewhere?

    Has anyone work and studied that may know what I am likely to receive?



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    Hi, speak to the finance team at the Uni if you can  as they will be able to help.

    I’m also going back to study a part time MSC whilst working PT and raising two young children. I will need to apply for a post grad loan which will affect my universal credit the months it is paid to me (I’m currently trying to save hard for when this does hit me) Hopefully your uni will have bursaries/financial hardship funds for you to apply to too??

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    when i did my degree 8 years ago i worked part time and i was on my own with 2 kids.  I received all my usual tax credits, maintenance etc plus loans and grants, i was loads better off,  I could also either claim my childcare through student finance or tax credits.  I was never on any other benefits though just the tax credits.

    I’m also hoping to start my msc this year part time while working full time i’m hoping to get the post grad loan and possibly a maintenance grant as i have 4 kids, wales offer a bit more than england i think.

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