In 2013, I started a course at college and applied for a maintenance loan and a tuition fee loan. I received an answer from Student Finance only after I had already attended lectures for a term. They had only approved the tuition fee loan as I hadn't been living for at least 3 years in the UK. At the time I didn't have a National Insurance Number so it was difficult for me to find a part time job which would allow me to pay for rent and other expenses besides attending lectures for 22 hours per week. For this reason I decided to stop studying. SLC paid only £1500 for the first term out of the £6000 tuition fee.
In 2015, I started a course at university which included a foundation year. (1+3 years) SFE accepted my loan for the foundation year but now when I applied for the tuition fee for the first year I was told that I am not eligible because of the year of study I took in 2013.
I have tried to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons (CPR) but my application was denied and this is what they've said: 'In order to award CPR we require further supporting evidence from a relevant professional person such as a doctor, counsellor, tutor or similar detailing the effect this had on your course and the circumstances leading to your withdrawal/repetition.'
The staff from the college that I studied at in 2013 weren't very helpful and they only gave me a letter that says I stopped studying because of financial difficulties.
Should I go to the college and try to get a more detailed letter? Is there anything else I could try? Shouldn't SFE have warned me about this before I had started the foundation year?
I am in a really awkward position as I have no idea how to come up with the £9000 tuition fee myself and I don't want to stop studying again. I am looking forward to your replies and I appreciate every opinion. Thank you.
Compelling Personal Reasons, Tuition Fee
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