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    Hello!

    I'm currently in the process of applying for university, however, I've recently decided I would like to postpone uni for one year.
    Instead, as a sort of gap year, I would like to join the HND at my local college, and re-apply for university 2017/2018.
    I would also like to study abroad for a year after my first two years of university.

    I'm wondering if anyone can walk me through how much of this is possible, please? How much will student finance cover? and how much, if any, would I have to cover myself?

    Thank you so much!
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    Hi Andy_Roberts

    You will be eligible for funding to top up your one year HND to degree level. If the study abroad is part of your course, you can still apply for funding.

    Thanks
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    I've not started higher education yet.

    The one year on the HND would be my first year of higher education, and is just about giving me an extra year to decide which uni I want to go to in 2018. When I apply for uni in 2018, I'd be applying for the full three years as well as a year abroad. In total that's five years of higher education.

    From what I've read in other posts, I can only get funding for four years, is that right?

    My questions are: Is what I want to do possible? If any, what would I be able to get funding for? and what would I have to fund myself? Would I be able to get the fifth year of maintenance loan, but only four years of tuition fee loan?

    Thanks.
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    Hi Andy_Roberts

    You don't get a specific amount of years of funding, it depends on what you are studying and how long the courses are.

    Sorry for the confusion. I meant you are able to do a 1 year HND, then top up to full degree including the placement.

    the calculation we use is 4 years of the new course + your HND (as topping up) = 5
    minus all year of previous study which would be the 1 year HND leaving you 4 years to do the 4 year course

    Hope this explains a bit better
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    That's great news, thank you so much! Really happy with that.

    It's still a bit confusing as to how it all works, but as long as I'm able to get tuition fee loan and maintenance loan throughout all five years, that's all that matters.

    Again, thank you so much for clearing that up! You've been a great help.
 
 
 
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