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I am planning on starting a second self-funded degree in February 2017 but have just found out that there are new changes coming in from August 2017 (although I've read August 2018 elsewhere..) that allow students to get funding for a 2nd second degree as long as it is on a part time basis and in a STEM subject.

My question is this - if I was to start the course in February 2017 and self-fund the first few modules, could I then apply for student finance for the remaining four modules once the changes come in effect and I become eligible for the loan? I am super keen to get on and start the course ASAP as the timing is good for me and I'm not getting any younger!

Also, can you please confirm whether it is August 2017 or August 2018?

I am looking to study BSc Environmental Science with the Open University.
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Hi

I am planning on starting a second self-funded degree in February 2017 but have just found out that there are new changes coming in from August 2017 (although I've read August 2018 elsewhere..) that allow students to get funding for a 2nd second degree as long as it is on a part time basis and in a STEM subject.

My question is this - if I was to start the course in February 2017 and self-fund the first few modules, could I then apply for student finance for the remaining four modules once the changes come in effect and I become eligible for the loan? I am super keen to get on and start the course ASAP as the timing is good for me and I'm not getting any younger!

Also, can you please confirm whether it is August 2017 or August 2018?

I am looking to study BSc Environmental Science with the Open University.
According to https://www.parliament.uk/business/p...07-21/HCWS117/
"I can confirm today that ELQ rules are being further relaxed to allow students wishing to start a second honours degree course on a part-time basis from 1 August 2017 onwards to apply for fee loans towards degree courses in the following additional STEM subjects: subjects allied to medicine; biological sciences; veterinary sciences, agriculture and related subjects; physical sciences and mathematical sciences."

To be eligible you would need to START your course after the 1st August 2017....is there any way you can talk to the OU about deferring your entry for 6 months? If you start before then then you wouldn't be eligible for any loans for the duration of your course (student finance is all about which academic year your start your course in).
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