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    Hi,
    I've got 2 questions to ask... firstly about my partner...
    He's completed a FdSc but took 3 years instead of 2 due to mental health problems that are ongoing. He's now doing a top-up year to take it up to a full degree but is still struggling and they are now exploring whether he may have underlying issues of ASD which is exacerbating things. Does he still have one more year of funding after this should he not manage to complete the top-up this year?

    Secondly is regarding my youngest son who is in his second year of a foundation degree but is now worried that he's taken the wrong course to enable him to follow his post education career choice.... If he ends up not completing this year and therefore doesn't achieve his FdSc would he be able to restart his HE on another course and still have 3 years funding?

    Many thanks in advance!
    Jane
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    Hi Jane,

    Your partner would have already used up his additional years' funding if he took a year longer to do his foundation degree. This means he would only get Maintenance Loan (ML) funding and Supplementary Grants such as Parents' Learning Allowances, Childcare Grant, Adult Dependants' Grants, Disabled Students' Allowances (if applicable) and would have to pay his own fees.

    If there are mitigating circumstances such as ill health we can review this. You partner can apply for Compelling Personal Reasons and send in medical evidence for us to consider. We would usually look for a signed and dated letter from his GP confirming the reason your partner could not continue with his studies and when this has taken place. If he couldn't get evidence from a GP he could get a letter from the University or from a professional person.

    If your son changes to a new course we will reassess his entitlement for funding. To calculate this we would look at the length of the new course, then we would add on an additional year and we would then deduct the two years previous study.

    So for example, if he wanted to come back and start a three year course from the first year, the calculation would be 3 + 1 - 2 = 2 years full entitlement.

    We would award this from the end of the course backwards so he would get full funding for the second and third year but would only get Maintenance Loan and would have to pay his own fees for his first year.

    The only exception to this would be if your son chose to do a course in a healthcare related subject that was a designated NHS course then he would be able to apply for full funding for the whole course as these are exception courses and we don't take into account previous study.

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    Thanks Laura,
    My son would be doing another foundation degree with a view to topping up. How would that work with the counting backwards? Would the foundation degree be coverable in terms of tuition fees?
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    (Original post by MummaJane)
    Hi,
    I've got 2 questions to ask... firstly about my partner...
    He's completed a FdSc but took 3 years instead of 2 due to mental health problems that are ongoing. He's now doing a top-up year to take it up to a full degree but is still struggling and they are now exploring whether he may have underlying issues of ASD which is exacerbating things. Does he still have one more year of funding after this should he not manage to complete the top-up this year?

    Secondly is regarding my youngest son who is in his second year of a foundation degree but is now worried that he's taken the wrong course to enable him to follow his post education career choice.... If he ends up not completing this year and therefore doesn't achieve his FdSc would he be able to restart his HE on another course and still have 3 years funding?

    Many thanks in advance!
    Jane
    Hi MummaJane,

    From the information you have provided, your partner is currently being funded for his top up year, therefore if he needs to repeat this year again, he would only receive full support if he can provide evidence of Compelling Personal Reasons.

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

    If he has to repeat a year of study, we would use his previous study to calculate his future entitlement to funding.

    If you may want us to consider his extenuating circumstances when making this calculation, also known as your Compelling Personal Reasons (CPR). he can provide evidence.

    When he applies to repeat that year, we would advise that you send a letter detailing his CPR along with any evidence of his mitigating circumstances.

    That would be a letter on headed paper, written by a health professional or someone professional aware of the situation.

    The letter needs to detail the issues he experienced in the academic year concerned and how this affected his studies and the reason why he could not continue your studies.

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

    The same applies to your son, depending on the course he is looking to undertake, what year of study he will be entering and previous study, he may need to provide evidence of compelling personal reasons.

    The way we calculate entitlement is

    We look at the length of your new course, and we add an additional year.

    From this figure, we then we minus the number of years previous study

    That leaves us with the number of years of full funding available.

    To give exact entitlement the students would need call in order that we can access their accounts,

    You can ask them to call on

    Tel: 0300 100 0607

    (Open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 8.00pm and between 9.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Local call rates apply).

    Thanks Rona
 
 
 
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