I am currently at the University of Brighton studying Textiles with Business (4 year degree), but fell pregnant at the beginning of the year.
I have just finished my second year, and could have undertaken an optional placement year in industry, that the rest of the year is doing if financially possible (although you can skip straight to final year if it isn't).
Due to my pregnancy I decided to take a year out of my studies, that the University is fine with, and come back in fourth year along with my course mates (who would have done placement year).
However I am unsure of how this affects student finance. As I fully completed my second year I don't have to repeat it or pay any fees back, but do I have to re-apply for student finance to tell them I am deferring? Or do I just apply again at the beginning of fourth year with a new application (as the University are fine with me taking the year out)?
Also, I assumed that because I wouldn't technically be a student (not getting student finance as I'm not attending University or living elsewear) I would be entitled to other benefits e.g. Income Support, Child Benefits and Tax Credits for the year - but I read differently on another student forum.
Sorry for the long post, but it would be great if someone who knew could reply before I end up sitting on the phone for hours to student finance! Thanks
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