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    Today I received this email regarding my special support grant:

    "Thank you for your recent letter requesting the Special Support Grant and
    supporting doctors and university letters.

    The Special Support category of waiting to return to your studies after
    taking authorised time out from a course due to illness can only be awarded
    to students who are entitled to a grant during the period of suspension
    from studies, and is awarded only for the period whilst you were suspended
    and recovered from your illness but your university prevented you from
    returning to your course until a specified time. Unfortunately the
    evidence provided does not meet our SSG criteria so as a result the
    maintenance grant will remain in place for the period during which you were
    in attendance.

    We have however received sufficient evidence to show that you suspended on
    health grounds, therefore we have reassessed your 2015/16 application in
    order to award you with an extra 60 days discretionary support as you
    suspended on health grounds, in line with current regulations. In order to
    view your new entitlement please log into your Student Finance online
    account within the next 3 to 5 working days."


    I checked online and there are no changes I can see, so I phoned the idiots and they said the extra 60 days is so I can retake the modules I missed and the money is for tuition fees! Im restarting the year after illness so I didn't miss anything, i'll do the year again. I've already been awarded the full year this year so whats this for? Why would SFE give my uni an extra 60 days when I need it! The whole idea was to take the pressure off so i didnt have to work 20 hours a week.

    Plus it says 2015/16 which was last year, the advisor couldnt explain that either. They just kept reading the script.

    Has anyone received this grant in these circumstances?

    They can do one if they think im giving the uni more than £9000 for a years study.
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    (Original post by r4dly)
    Today I received this email regarding my special support grant:

    "Thank you for your recent letter requesting the Special Support Grant and
    supporting doctors and university letters.

    The Special Support category of waiting to return to your studies after
    taking authorised time out from a course due to illness can only be awarded
    to students who are entitled to a grant during the period of suspension
    from studies, and is awarded only for the period whilst you were suspended
    and recovered from your illness but your university prevented you from
    returning to your course until a specified time. Unfortunately the
    evidence provided does not meet our SSG criteria so as a result the
    maintenance grant will remain in place for the period during which you were
    in attendance.

    We have however received sufficient evidence to show that you suspended on
    health grounds, therefore we have reassessed your 2015/16 application in
    order to award you with an extra 60 days discretionary support as you
    suspended on health grounds, in line with current regulations. In order to
    view your new entitlement please log into your Student Finance online
    account within the next 3 to 5 working days."


    I checked online and there are no changes I can see, so I phoned the idiots and they said the extra 60 days is so I can retake the modules I missed and the money is for tuition fees! Im restarting the year after illness so I didn't miss anything, i'll do the year again. I've already been awarded the full year this year so whats this for? Why would SFE give my uni an extra 60 days when I need it! The whole idea was to take the pressure off so i didnt have to work 20 hours a week.

    Plus it says 2015/16 which was last year, the advisor couldnt explain that either. They just kept reading the script.

    Has anyone received this grant in these circumstances?

    They can do one if they think im giving the uni more than £9000 for a years study.
    This is for last year. They are assuming that you left the course last year early - is this the case, or did you complete the year?
    Usually when you withdraw/suspend part way through a year, your entitlement for funding stops at that moment. They have said that because of your reasons, they're actually going to give you 60 days more entitlement.
    So if you dropped out on January 1st, for everyone else they would lose all entitlement to student funding on January 1st. You have been assessed as being allowed funding up until March 1st, which is 60 days later.
    This is important as student finance will work out how much money you are entitled to for the time you are at uni. They then calculate how much they actually gave you, and if they gave you more then you need to pay the extra back. Because you're getting 60 days more entitlement, any overpayment will be lower.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    This is for last year. They are assuming that you left the course last year early - is this the case, or did you complete the year?
    Usually when you withdraw/suspend part way through a year, your entitlement for funding stops at that moment. They have said that because of your reasons, they're actually going to give you 60 days more entitlement.
    So if you dropped out on January 1st, for everyone else they would lose all entitlement to student funding on January 1st. You have been assessed as being allowed funding up until March 1st, which is 60 days later.
    This is important as student finance will work out how much money you are entitled to for the time you are at uni. They then calculate how much they actually gave you, and if they gave you more then you need to pay the extra back. Because you're getting 60 days more entitlement, any overpayment will be lower.
    They have awarded me around £600 extra which is I think is minus £250 overpayment from when I suspended, and then something about 50p in every pound of loan becoming a grant, they couldnt give me a breakdown so I'll just have to wait for the statement at the end of the year.
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    (Original post by r4dly)
    They have awarded me around £600 extra which is I think is minus £250 overpayment from when I suspended, and then something about 50p in every pound of loan becoming a grant, they couldnt give me a breakdown so I'll just have to wait for the statement at the end of the year.
    This means that you don't have to make any immediate repayments. If they had overpaid you, you would have had to pay £350 before being entitled to any more funding. But because you've been assessed under the discretionary support rules, you don't currently need to pay anything.
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    Today I received another email that says:

    "Thank you for your recent letter requesting the Special Support Grant and
    supporting doctors and university letters.

    The Special Support category of waiting to return to your studies after
    taking authorised time out from a course due to illness can only be awarded
    to students who are entitled to a grant during the period of suspension
    from studies, and is awarded only for the period whilst you were suspended
    and recovered from your illness but your university prevented you from
    returning to your course until a specified time.

    Unfortunately the evidence provided still does not meet our SSG criteria so
    as a result the maintenance grant will remain in place for the period
    during which you were in attendance.

    Yours sincerely,"

    Now i'm really confused?! It from exactly the same person in the payments team, given the fact its about mental health issues I find it all quite insulting and you can't speak to them on the phone. Ive got no idea whats going on now. :/
 
 
 
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