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    After over 6 months of waiting, I was unbelievably disappointed to receive a phone call last Friday telling me that my funding application has been declined. I am planning to lodge an appeal in the next couple of days, because I don't think I've been treated fairly, so I was wondering if anyone has any advice or experiences to share? I would really appreciate the help, because I wasn't expecting this, and if this appeal fails I have to come up with a significant sum of money by the end of March.

    My situation is this: I am studying Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, but I am currently taking a year out to do a degree in Immunology. Intercalated degrees like this are commonly offered by medical schools in the UK and Ireland, and I was told over the phone back in June that the SAAS do cover students taking them. There is literature on the SAAS website confirming this. But I think they've taken issue with the fact that it's a Masters, and thus technically a postgraduate degree. This doesn't make sense to me, because if I was studying in England, I would be able to take a similar course, and I would be supported even though it would be more expensive. Also, I don't have a degree, so how can I be a postgraduate!

    So has anyone encountered this situation before? Any general advice about appealing? Thanks!
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