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    Are there ever circumstances in which it is possible to get Student Finance England to write off any portion of the tuition or maintenance loan if the student has suspended/withdrawn from university as a result of physical or mental health problems? I had to drop out of my first year and resit it (incurring extra student loan costs) and then finally dropped out just weeks into my second year (i.e. my 3rd year at uni having had two goes at year 1), and have ended up owing £29,000 with nothing to show for it and having used up more than 2 years' worth of finance allowances out of a maximum of 4 which means I cannot afford to resume my studies later without paying from my own pocket.
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    Are there ever circumstances in which it is possible to get Student Finance England to write off any portion of the tuition or maintenance loan if the student has suspended/withdrawn from university as a result of physical or mental health problems? I had to drop out of my first year and resit it (incurring extra student loan costs) and then finally dropped out just weeks into my second year (i.e. my 3rd year at uni having had two goes at year 1), and have ended up owing £29,000 with nothing to show for it and having used up more than 2 years' worth of finance allowances out of a maximum of 4 which means I cannot afford to resume my studies later without paying from my own pocket.
    Hi Smashie,

    A student can be awarded an extra year of fee support if, it has been a result of Compelling Personal Reasons. CPR can be considered if:

    The student failed to complete a previous course. In this case the additional year of funding is applied to the first year of the next course.

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    They have had to repeat a year of study and that year was eligible for support. In this case the additional year of funding is applied to the repeat year.

    There are many different reasons as to why a customer may have had their study affected, illness being one of them.

    If you have to repeat a year of study, or had to suspend/withdraw from your course, we would use your previous study to calculate your future entitlement to funding.

    You may want us to consider your extenuating circumstances when making this calculation, also known as your Compelling Personal Reasons (CPR).



    When you apply for your new course we would advise that you send a letter detailing your CPR along with any evidence of your mitigating circumstances.

    That would be a letter on headed paper, written for example by a Health Professional, Student Advisor, Social Worker aware of the situation.

    The letter needs to be signed and dated, detail the issues you experienced in the academic year concerned and how this affected your studies and the reason why you could not continue your studies.

    This would be reviewed on a case by case basis by an assessor, if accepted you will be awarded an additional year of support.

    If we award CPR, you will still be liable for the loans taken during the year(s) of study affected.

    CPR does not write off loans, only allows additional years of funding.

    Thanks Rona
 
 
 

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