Student Finance England (SFE) have rules around how many years you can receive student loans. As a rule, they will fund you for the duration of your course plus one year, minus any previous study. When you enrol on a course SFE will consider this to be one year’s previous study even if you withdraw on the same day and receive no funding.
If you have compelling personal reasons for needing to repeat a year, SFE can take these into consideration on a case-by-case basis.
If you are interrupting your studies due to illness you may still get full student finance for up to 60 days of your illness.
If you have been overpaid as a result of interrupting your studies, SFE will contact you about repaying any student loans and/or grants you have received that you were not entitled to once you were no longer actively studying. SFE will use your last date of engagement on the course to make these calculations and NOT the date that you formally interrupt. Repayment of any funding overpayment may be requested immediately.
If you are not in a position to make these payments, please contact the Advice Service by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you withdraw permanently from your course during the academic year, SFE will reassess the amount of student finance you are entitled to for the year. SFE will use your last date of engagement on the course to make these calculations and NOT the date that you formally withdrew from your course. Once you withdraw, you should not get any more student finance, and you may have been overpaid for the term in which you withdraw. SFE may contact you about the loans/grants that you received which were overpaid. Repayment may be requested immediately. If you are not in a position to make these payments, you can access free, confidential advice and support from a number of agencies (see below under “Debt”).
Unlike interrupting from your course, if you withdraw from your studies due to illness you will not get an extra 60 days of student finance.