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    So 2014/15 I studied business, after deciding that I didn't like the university, or the course, so for 2015/16 I changed to study a different course at my home university. I think in panic or fear of not knowing what else to do, I enrolled on a course that, granted I was interested in, but at the end of the day wasn't suited to me. For both years I was luckily able to get funding from Student Finance as a first year student.

    My question then is this:
    I have not yet completed the first year, but am thinking of withdrawing from the course to take a gap year to figure out what I actually want to do. Should I decide to go back to uni (which in the long run I do plan to do) would I still be eligible for student finance? If so, would it be for the duration of the new degree course?

    Sorry, I know this is a long winded question, but I will be more then grateful if anyone could give me some answers on this
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    (Original post by Looby_Liz)
    So 2014/15 I studied business, after deciding that I didn't like the university, or the course, so for 2015/16 I changed to study a different course at my home university. I think in panic or fear of not knowing what else to do, I enrolled on a course that, granted I was interested in, but at the end of the day wasn't suited to me. For both years I was luckily able to get funding from Student Finance as a first year student.

    My question then is this:
    I have not yet completed the first year, but am thinking of withdrawing from the course to take a gap year to figure out what I actually want to do. Should I decide to go back to uni (which in the long run I do plan to do) would I still be eligible for student finance? If so, would it be for the duration of the new degree course?

    Sorry, I know this is a long winded question, but I will be more then grateful if anyone could give me some answers on this
    Under the current rules, you would not be eligible for student finance for the first year of a new course. The entitlement is worked out as: new course length + 1 year - years already taken. For you, you've had 2 years of support already. So it would work out as 3 (or 4 if it's a 4 year course etc) + 1 - 2, and then that is worked backwards, so the latter years of the course are funded but the first year wouldn't be.

    However, student finance does keep changing so who knows what it will be in future! It's unlikely they'd change it to make it more generous and allow you funding, but you'd need to check back nearer the time.

    If you do complete your first year you may be able to change course but go directly into the second year of the new course. This would then mean you are eligible for funding for all years.
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    Hi Looby_Liz

    As you have used 2 years of funding, you would only be eligible for full funding from year 2+ of a new course. You can still apply for a maintenance loan if you needed to start from year 1 but would not be able to apply for the tuition fee loan until year 2.

    Thanks
 
 
 
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