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Please help me defer my postgrad acceptance at UCL

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    This is my second thread, though my first one had zero answers, but I'm still hoping someone will answer me this time.

    I got an MA unconditional acceptance at UCL for the year 2012\2013. When I filled out my application I wrote that I will personally fund myself. However, at that time I was almost sure I will get a scholarship, but life interfered and I discovered yesterday that I didn't get it.

    Now my problem is I can not financially cover maintenance\tuition fee for a year in London. I already have a job and in this economy attaining one is not easy. So, I decided to work for another year to save up for my expenses.

    On one hand, I'm afraid to email UCL only to discover that they refuse my deferral and then I'll lose my acceptance. On the other hand, I don't want to be buried in student loans.

    Has this happened to anyone before? Is my reason convincing for UCL to deffer my acceptance?

    Also, I'm an international student if that makes any difference.

    Please help me. I'm really conflicted and don't know what to do!
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    If you give your reasons, which are very good reasons, I'm sure it'd be fine. Ring up admissions or write a really nice letter and explain how much you want the degree but that it just isn't financially feasible at the moment. It happens quite a lot and I would defer sooner rather than later.

    I don't think you'd lose your place - I think it's a case of them either letting you defer or saying no so really you've got nothing to lose.

    Good luck
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    Hello,

    Just give them a call, I'm sure they will understand.

    Why don't you want to get a student loan; it will be the most easiest loan that you can ever take out. You will only pay a given amount once your 21, when you start work. They cannot take any of your personal assets as with other loans.

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    (Original post by badboyilham)
    Hello,

    Just give them a call, I'm sure they will understand.

    Why don't you want to get a student loan; it will be the most easiest loan that you can ever take out. You will only pay a given amount once your 21, when you start work. They cannot take any of your personal assets as with other loans.

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    This is for postgrad, so the loans work differently.

    OP- as the other poster said, it's unlikely they will rescind their offer for this autumn. If you met the conditions, you met the conditions. However, I'm not sure they are under any obligation to allow you to defer. You will have to speak to them directly to find out.


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    Wow I was not expecting a fast reply! Thank you so much for all your help. I'll try to contact the admissions as soon as possible and see what happens.
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    Hi, I am in the same situation as you and at UCL as well. So what happened? Is it worth contacting admissions?
    Thanks

    (Original post by perspectivestudent)
    Wow I was not expecting a fast reply! Thank you so much for all your help. I'll try to contact the admissions as soon as possible and see what happens.
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    I deferred last year to start this September and it was no problem. I'm about to start and MSc so got in touch with my department / course coordinator directly.

    It shouldn't be too much of a problem at all if you want to defer. Everyone I spoke with was really helpful.
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    I wrote an eloquent letter explaining my reasons and emailed the admission's office. They forward my email to the department. Two weeks later, they responded and were very helpful and accepted my deferral. They sent me an offer letter for the academic year 2013\3014. The whole process took about two weeks, so don't worry if they took a while to respond.

    I hope this helps and good luck!
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    hi perspective,

    I was kinda relying on a scholarship to fund my masters but didn't get one either! Lame us eh? :teehee: I'm probably going to take a career development loan out if i don't get this other scholarship i applied for. I guess the reason I posted this was just to reassure you that you're not alone in having financial problems . It sucks being poor! . What you could try is ask your company to see if they will sponsor you throughout uni or offer you a company loan for studying an MA or something? I speculatively raised the idea with a charity i volunteer at and they said they're thinking of paying me for the volunteer work I do in advance instead of the loan + donation idea :eek: I hope that works because I really don't want to give money to greedy banks - i'd much rather borrow money and give money to a charity with a donation at the end.

    Congratulations on getting your deferral btw .

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