I want to study to become an Architect, but because I already hold a Masters Degree and PhD in other subjects I would be classed as an ELQ student, meaning that I would only be eligible for a maintenance loan, but not a tuition fee loan.
The Student Awards Agency Scotland has a provision to provide full student finance for ELQ students who are changing careers due to illness, disability or injury. Here is a statement from one of their guidance documents:
"If you are not able to continue with your course or you are already qualified with a profession and you are no longer able to continue working within this profession because of a disability, injury or illness, exceptionally we may be able to offer you support to start a new course that is more suitable to your current circumstances. If this applies to you, please give us details of your circumstances and support this with the relevant medical evidence."
The reason I want to retrain in Architecture is because of a disability which is making it very hard for me to continue in my current profession.
Do you know whether Student Finance England has a similar provision?
Thank you very much in advance for your help.
ELQ Rules changing career for reasons of disability
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