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    Can someone give me some advice on the following please...

    I have previously been to university. When I was 18 I studied for a BSc, but failed the first year twice. I.e I was there for 2 years, but did not get anything out of it. I have mitigating circumstances for these years.

    I am now 25 and returning to higher education and will be studying for a MEng - a 4-year, full-time degree programme.

    After speaking with student finance earlier in the year, I was told that everyone is entitled to 4 years funding plus a 'grace year'/'free year' - whatever you wish to call it. They told me that because I have used 1 year funding plus my 'grace year', I am still entitled to 3 years funding, but would need to fund the first year my self (for my 4-year course).

    When applying for student finance today, I spoke to a member of staff who said I was only entitled to 2 years funding, and that i'd have to fund 2 years my self. I rang up again and was told the same information. This has obviously put me into panic mode as I may now have to find another £9k.

    Is anybody able to give me a definitive answer as to whether I am eligible for 3years or 2years funding?

    Thanks.
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    Hi King,

    Every student is entitled to funding for the length of their original course plus one extra year. If your original course was 3 years long then you were entitled to a maximum of 4 years funding.

    As your new course is 4 years and you've already received 2 year of funding then this means that you are still entitled to 2 years. These years will be awarded in the final years of your course, therefore years 3 and 4.

    We may be able to discount a further year if you had to leave your course due to health problems or extenuating circumstances.

    Hope this helps,
    Mark-Lee
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    (Original post by Mark Lee - SFE Official Adviser)
    Hi King,

    Every student is entitled to funding for the length of their original course plus one extra year. If your original course was 3 years long then you were entitled to a maximum of 4 years funding.

    As your new course is 4 years and you've already received 2 year of funding then this means that you are still entitled to 2 years. These years will be awarded in the final years of your course, therefore years 3 and 4.

    We may be able to discount a further year if you had to leave your course due to health problems or extenuating circumstances.

    Hope this helps,
    Mark-Lee
    Thanks for getting back to me. I have been told that, because my new course is 4 years, it works out to be 4 + 1, minus 2 years that I studied before, and therefore I get 3 years funding. I have been told this by several call centre staff at the Student Loans Company. Are you saying that this is not the case?
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    Hi King,

    Apologies I've misread your original query.

    You will be entitled 3 years of funding as your new course length is 4 years.

    You should be able to apply for a maintenance loan in your first year too though you won't receive grants or tuition fees.

    Thanks,
    Mark-Lee
 
 
 
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