Funding for second repeat yearWatch
I am a second year medical student (currently on suspension from my studies). This academic year 2016-17 I was repeating the second year of my course, but I failed one module of my Semester 1 exams. I was subsequently terminated from my course but successfully appealed to be reinstated due to new substantive information that was not available at the time of my exams, as I've recently been diagnosed with a health condition. So now my withdrawal is being changed to a suspension, and I will commence a second repeat year this September. I understand that SFE only provide funding for one repeat year (which I've already used up despite not completing the year) but I've read that if evidence is provided of compelling personal reasons then SFE may provide funding for another repeat year. I would like to confirm whether this option still stands?
Also, could my CPR be used to claim back money that I owe SFE (maintenance grant + loan) due to my suspension?
I would be grateful for responses to this query, particularly from any SFE representatives.
All CPR claims are unique and will be granted on their own merit.
You need to send a letter to us detailing your CPR along with any evidence of your mitigating circumstances.
Where applicable, we recommend the evidence -
- is signed and dated;
- confirms the reason why the student could not continue with their studies; and
- when this took place
Photocopies of all evidence can be accepted and this evidence can include:
Medical evidence from a GP
- Letter from HEP on headed paper
- Letter from Social Services on headed paper
- Letter from clergy or professional person on headed paper
- Death Certificate and/or
- A Birth Certificate
The above list is not exhaustive and any evidence that can support the customers claim should be sent to us for consideration. In some circumstances one piece of evidence may not be sufficient, therefore we would recommend that you send as much evidence in as possible.
Be aware a number of items may need to be requested in order to build a case. With regards to any overpayment due to your suspension, we can advise that your entitlement is based on the time you were in attendance. As a result, if you have been paid and then suspend your studies, any amount which is deemed to be overpaid needs to be repaid. If you are eligible for funding, then your grant funding will be reduced to cover any grant overpayment. Hope this helps