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    Hi there.

    I recently found out my dad has leukaemia so I am trying to transfer universities so I can be closer to him. We've had a rocky relationship in the past which is the main reason I want to go home. I called student finance and they said that if I have to start university again (which is looking likely) then I'd have to self-fund my first year. I asked if this can be appealed due to special circumstances and they said yes but I'd have to send a letter explaining why I want to transfer and give evidence of this. Obviously I don't want to ask my dad to get a letter from his doctor due to said rocky relationship and I don't want him to blame himself for me coming home which he would. I was told that a letter from the university could also be evidence but surely a letter from the uni telling them that my dad has leukaemia won't be enough evidence? I really need to go home but I can't afford to self-fund (I mean... who has 9k laying around?!).
    I am speaking to my university adviser on wednesday so hopefully she will be able to offer some advice but I thought i'd give this a whirl as a few hundred heads are better than just one or two.

    Pls help
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    (Original post by Hanskenobi)
    Hi there.

    I recently found out my dad has leukaemia so I am trying to transfer universities so I can be closer to him. We've had a rocky relationship in the past which is the main reason I want to go home. I called student finance and they said that if I have to start university again (which is looking likely) then I'd have to self-fund my first year. I asked if this can be appealed due to special circumstances and they said yes but I'd have to send a letter explaining why I want to transfer and give evidence of this. Obviously I don't want to ask my dad to get a letter from his doctor due to said rocky relationship and I don't want him to blame himself for me coming home which he would. I was told that a letter from the university could also be evidence but surely a letter from the uni telling them that my dad has leukaemia won't be enough evidence? I really need to go home but I can't afford to self-fund (I mean... who has 9k laying around?!).
    I am speaking to my university adviser on wednesday so hopefully she will be able to offer some advice but I thought i'd give this a whirl as a few hundred heads are better than just one or two.

    Pls help
    Sorry to read about your father.

    What year are you in at university at the moment? SFE allows 1 extra year (a "gift" year) in case someone needs to retake a year or change to a different course. So normally your gift year would apply in this case and you wouldn't have to pay for the 1st year if you transfer.


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    Sorry to read about your father.

    What year are you in at university at the moment? SFE allows 1 extra year (a "gift" year) in case someone needs to retake a year or change to a different course. So normally your gift year would apply in this case and you wouldn't have to pay for the 1st year if you transfer.


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    I'm in 2nd year. I spoke to them today and no one mentioned a gift year? I'll call them back and ask about it.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    wrong thread.
    I had no idea where to put it and I don't know how to change it?
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    (Original post by Hanskenobi)
    I'm in 2nd year. I spoke to them today and no one mentioned a gift year? I'll call them back and ask about it.
    So if you transfer into the 2nd year at the more local university you will be fine (assuming you didn't resit your 1st year...).


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    I had no idea where to put it and I don't know how to change it?
    Your post is fine. They were just stating they had posted in the wrong thread.

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    So if you transfer into the 2nd year at the more local university you will be fine (assuming you didn't resit your 1st year...).



    Your post is fine. They were just stating they had posted in the wrong thread.

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    If I transfer into 2nd year then yeah I don't have to pay anything but it's looking like I'm going to have to start from first year because the courses are slightly different . OH. Lol woops.
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    (Original post by Hanskenobi)
    If I transfer into 2nd year then yeah I don't have to pay anything but it's looking like I'm going to have to start from first year because the courses are slightly different .
    Ok, so the "compelling personal reasons" aspect becomes a more important factor then. A family crisis such as yours may well qualify. Definitely discuss it with your current university, I'm sure they will help.

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