Certificate in educationWatch
I am having a problem getting student finance for the first year of my course. They will fund me for the next two years. Anyone know the rules and can I appeal.
I can't pretend to be an expert on Student Finance but if you give a bit more information about your current situation ie what previous study you have done and what you now want to do, I'm sure someone will be able to help you. Also there are dedicated student finance forums where you might find some useful information, if you live in England there is a forum 'Ask Student Finance England' where a Student Finance representative answers questions once a week.
Number of years of your new course (minus) Number of years of previous uni-level study (plus) One year = Number of years of remaining SF entitlement
If you've previously done two years at uni and left without graduating, you would not get funding for the first year of a course (the calculation would give you 3-2+1=2). Partial years are counted as complete, so this would apply if you left part way through your second year. Is that your situation? It seems to match what SF are telling you. If so, you would get full funding for the second and third year of a new three year degree, but only a basic Maintenance Loan in your first year (i.e. no Tuition Fee Loan).
The only way in which you could appeal this, is by trying to claw back a year of entitlement from your first period of study if you could claim mitigating circumstance (known as "Compelling Personal Reasons"). You would need to prove that severe problems such as health or bereavement, had meant that you couldn't continue with your last course. Proof would be in the form of letters from professionals who helped you with the problems e.g. GP, hospital consultant, counsellor etc. If that is accepted, then you would get your full SF entitlement for your entire new course. If you just dropped out of your first course because you weren't enjoying it or you weren't getting the results you expected, that wouldn't be grounds for CPR.