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    So basically I went to uni just over three years ago when I was eighteen and completed first semester of first year. Over Christmas I was sexually assaulted by a classmate, reported it, he was charged, and was extremely nervous about returning to uni in case he was there. He was, uni wasn't going to do anything about it (innocent until proven guilty and all that) and it was too much for me and I stopped attending classes and eventually dropped out.

    This had an adverse knock on affect to my mental health, I broke down and I tried to go back the following year and repeat but ended up failing.

    As its now three years later I feel like I'm ready to go back, but to a different university (same course). Is there any way I could receive fees funding for first year given the circumstances of my leaving or is it likely I'd have to pay fees?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Usually you're entitled to funding for: the number of years of your course - the number of years you have had + 1 year.

    So basically you get one spare year but as you started 2 years you won't automatically get the funding for the first year of a new course. I've forgotten the name for it, but if you had to leave your course for medical grounds (as you did because of your mental health) then you can make your case to student finance and they should fund all years of your new course. Ring them up and ask about the procedure and what sort of medical evidence they need.
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    (Original post by x__justmyluck)
    Usually you're entitled to funding for: the number of years of your course - the number of years you have had + 1 year.

    So basically you get one spare year but as you started 2 years you won't automatically get the funding for the first year of a new course. I've forgotten the name for it, but if you had to leave your course for medical grounds (as you did because of your mental health) then you can make your case to student finance and they should fund all years of your new course. Ring them up and ask about the procedure and what sort of medical evidence they need.
    What you're referring to is compelling personal reasons.
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    What you're referring to is compelling personal reasons.
    What is this? I've never heard of this before.

    So would it be speaking to SAAS or the actual university?
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    (Original post by moofimoomi)
    What is this? I've never heard of this before.

    So would it be speaking to SAAS or the actual university?
    Your uni can give you more information; but it's SAAS you apply to.

    Basically, compelling personal reasons (CPR) is where you give evidence to state why you had to drop out / failed a year of uni. This doesn't count towards the amount of years funding you're entitled to. So, you can't claim just because you couldn't be bothered to turn up. But, as per your situation, you can claim because you've demonstrated that you were in a situation which affected your ability to study. It's usually aimed at people with things like illness or bereavement.
 
 
 
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