I have applied for a loan with LSBU for a full time International Planning MA which is listed at www.lsbu.ac.uk as a 13 month course. Online, the application would only let me apply for £5,000 months 1-12 then in month 13 receive the remaining £5,000. I rang up to check that this was a mistake but was told that it was correct as technically the extra month would make it a 2 year course. I was told that 2 year courses had the payments spread across both years whereas courses that last a year have the payment just in that year. I've checked the government literature and it states that the total amount of £10,000 are available for courses lasting 1 ACADEMIC YEAR, rather than calendar year.
This makes no sense since I'd £5,000 in month 13 when I'll most likely be looking at jobs. It could effect whether or not I'm able to afford my studies if I don't receive it in distributions equal to my course length.
Please advise how to sort this out.
Is a 13 month course postgrad really classified as 2 years?