It is important that you let us know your intention regarding your 2020/21 studies as this may have an impact on your fee liability. Please do this by completing the Post-results student decision form online by 23.59 (GMT) on 30 October 2020. The form is available here or via your results letter.
Will my tuition fee loan be affected by resits/retakes?
Yes, although you have been able to continue with your studies pending the results of your re-sits, if the results mean that you are unable to continue, your tuition fees for 2020/21 will be cancelled in full.
Will my tuition fees be cancelled if my resit results mean that I choose to suspend my studies until I can resit my exams in the Summer 2021 exam period?
Yes, you will not be charged tuition fees as you will be considered to be Suspended-Exam Only for all of the 2020/21 academic year. Any fees which have been paid will be refunded.
If you choose to continue on your programme without having progressed after you receive your September resit results, please note you will be required to pay the appropriate tuition fees.
If my tuition fees are cancelled will I receive a refund of the fees I paid when I re-enrolled in September?
Yes, a refund will be processed as part of your withdrawal or suspension.
All refunds will be returned to the source of the original payment. This will be done automatically and will not require you to make a separate refund request.
Will my student loan be adjusted if my tuition fees are cancelled?
Yes, we will send a request to Student Finance to reduce your tuition fee loan to zero for the academic year 2020/21.
My course transfer is dependent on me passing my resits. If I pass and my transfer is approved, what happens next? How will my student loan be affected?
The Student Financial Services (SFS) team will need to be informed at the earliest opportunity of the approved transfer. This will then be communicated to Student Finance England (SFE) in the normal way (fee and course will be updated). If you have any queries about your personal circumstances please contact our Student Financial Advisory Team.
I have failed my resit exams and cannot continue with my course. How will my student loan be affected?
If this happens, you will be notified by your Support Centre via letter, confirming your withdrawal from your course.
This information will be passed onto the Student Financial Support Team who will notify Student Finance England. The first instalment of tuition fees will be reclaimed by Student Finance and maintenance loan payments you are receiving will cease.
Will I be asked to re-pay any maintenance loan funds?
Student Finance will contact you to arrange repayment of any overpayment of maintenance loan made to you.
If Student Finance ask me to repay maintenance how will that affect what I receive if I choose to return to study in the future?
In the first instance repayment will be arranged via recalculation of your entitlement once you return to studies i.e. the funds which you received in the year in which you suspended will be deducted from the total amount of maintenance loan available in the academic year in which you return to your studies. If you do not believe you will be able to meet the costs associated with study on a reduced maintenance loan – you will need to complete a Financial Hardship Confirmation Form. General information on repayments can be found here.
If I don’t return to study when will Student Finance ask me to repay the overpayment?
If you choose not to return to study, your student finance provider will reassess your Maintenance Loan based on the number of days you attended your course.
If any of your loan covers the period after you’ve left your course, this counts as an overpayment and you’ll need to repay it straight away.
The Student Loans Company will write and tell you how much you must repay. If you cannot repay the full amount, you can ask them to set up a repayment plan. General information on repayments can be found here.
How will my withdrawal affect any future study
Tuition fee loan funding is available for the duration of your course plus 1 gift year.
Any time that you have spent enrolled on your course in the 2020/21 academic year will count as 1 full year of study. This means that if you want to return to study in the future you may need to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons to ensure you have sufficient tuition fee loan funding for the duration of your course.
Student Finance have confirmed that students who have been directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will be entitled to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons, to that effect. The University has implemented a process whereby we will automatically submit a Compelling Personal Reasons case to those students who fit these criteria.
You may be required to submit supplementary evidence to Student Finance in support of your case. If so, please contact the Student Financial Services (SFS) team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 378 5555 and request the ‘Compelling Personal Reasons letter template’ which the University has prepared with that in mind. The SFS team can provide any other information and advice need at the time of request.
General information on withdrawing from your course can be found here.