Q. I have no relationship with my parents; I can’t get them to fill out their part of the Student Finance Application. What do I do?
I have no relationship with my parents; I can’t get them to fill out their part of the Student Finance Application. What do I do?
You are eligible to be considered as an independent student with the Student Loan Company (and thus receive the maximum Maintenance Loan) on the basis of being ‘irreconcilably estranged from your parents’ if you have not had verbal or written contact with both of your biological, adoptive parents or your only living parent for a significant period of time and that is unlikely to change. A significant period of time is usually considered twelve months or longer prior to the start of your course, but this can also depend on your circumstances. Many people feel unsupported by their parents financially and/ or emotionally, but you won’t be eligible to claim estranged status simply because your parents are on low income and don’t support you financially. You will need to provide statements from an independent person with ‘good standing’ in the community that can verify that there has been no communication with both of your biological or adoptive parents, or only living parent, for a substantial period of time before the start of your course, and that your estrangement from them is irreconcilable.
However we understand that circumstance vary, many cut ties with their parents quickly for good reason, and that this can happen whilst at university, so you may find yourself in this position half way through your course. If this is the case you can either contact the university’s diversity team here or call 0161 295 2152 and they will be able to help you with getting independent status for your student loan. The Stand Alone student guide is also an excellent resource in helping you with this process.
Finally, please do not feel like you are being forced into contacting your parents – you should never put yourself in mental of physical distress by doing this. Contact us for help.