Ill keep this brief; ive done a whole year at university and will be sitting 2 remaining exams this summer to complete my first year (had to defer the two because of medical reasons) so altogether I will have received a year and a terms worth of finance.
Depending on how this goes I may well start again on a new 3 or 4 year course, will I be able to get support from SFE if I start a new course? Or will I just have to find that remaining one term's worth of fees? Or does it not work like that? I dont really know how it works as ive never experienced it before and SFE is a complete shambles who dont even answer your questions.
Oh and secondly, if I were to start on a 4 year course with foundation year (making it 5 years in total) again, would I be eligible for support from SFE? Im not sure how foundation years work, if theyre integrated its fine but if its not then its not fine, right?
The extra term you studied counted as a year for student finance.
A formula is used to determine your entitlement, which is: New course length + 1 year - previous study
In your case, if it's a new 3 or 4 year course you will get a maintenance loan only in your first year (no grants, no tuition fee support - you will have to pay this yourself) and full support for subsequent years.