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I am hoping to get some advice. I have recently started a Master course. The course is going ok, however i am having some personal issues which are making it impossible to study. I am thinking of quitting the course. Fortunately my cheque for the fees has not cleared yet, so i decided to cancel it. My question is, can the university legally make me pay the fees?

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Hi everyone

I am hoping to get some advice. I have recently started a Master course. The course is going ok, however i am having some personal issues which are making it impossible to study. I am thinking of quitting the course. Fortunately my cheque for the fees has not cleared yet, so i decided to cancel it. My question is, can the university legally make me pay the fees?

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Each uni sets its own terms and conditions, so you need to check the small print for your course or ask the uni Finance department.
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Each uni sets its own terms and conditions, so you need to check the small print for your course or ask the uni Finance department.
The finance department has stated that if i leave at this point in my studies it will cost 1/6th of the fees. My question is, do they have any legal authority to make me pay. I haven't paid yet so they can't deduct the money from anywhere.
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The finance department has stated that if i leave at this point in my studies it will cost 1/6th of the fees. My question is, do they have any legal authority to make me pay. I haven't paid yet so they can't deduct the money from anywhere.
If you have signed a document stating you were starting the course and it stated the fee amount then yes legally they can take you to court and it is likely the will win.the court will order you to pay, arresting wages or sending arrest warrants if you don't pay.
But if they can fill your place on the course its more of a grey area because they have another set of fees covering your place.
It is very likely you will have to pay the 1/6th if term has started and you have attended seminars and lectures.

If you really can't afford the fees and they become court ordered the court will be willing to offer you a payment plan.
its likely the university will also offer a payment plan before court too.
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The finance department has stated that if i leave at this point in my studies it will cost 1/6th of the fees. My question is, do they have any legal authority to make me pay. I haven't paid yet so they can't deduct the money from anywhere.
Yes. As above, they will take you to court and win. You've enrolled, which is the point at which you form a legal contract with the uni. You agreed to pay their fees and adhere to their terms and conditions.

Having a County Court Judgement against you is something which has to be declared on most job applications. Even a debt which started out as a few hundred pounds (which will end up much larger once legal, court and bailiff costs are added to your bill) could adversely affect your employment prospects.

You've presumably been to campus at some point - used the facilities, maybe even attended the odd lecture or seminar? These services can't be 'returned' to the uni and it's reasonable that you should pay at least something towards them.
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Agree with the above: you've used the facilities and presumably had some teaching which you've benefited from, so it's only fair that you pay for them. I don't want to sound harsh, but the 'product' you're paying for is the ongoing access to supervision and facilities which should enable you to successfully complete the qualification as long as you apply yourself – it's not a case of 'get the degree certificate or your money back'.

Having said that, have you considered talking to someone about the possibility of suspending your studies in order to come back at a later date when you've resolved the personal issues you're facing? I don't know the details of your particular situation, and obviously all universities and departments are different, but it's definitely worth looking into. I faced some personal issues earlier this year which were stopping me from making the required progress with my masters course, and they allowed me to take a break until next January to sort things out and get back on track.
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The finance department has stated that if i leave at this point in my studies it will cost 1/6th of the fees. My question is, do they have any legal authority to make me pay. I haven't paid yet so they can't deduct the money from anywhere.

My advice is to just simply pay the fee. It's not worth going to court over as above.
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