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    Hey,

    Not sure if anybody has any advice or knows how the student finance process works?

    I started a 4 year course in September, but I'm not enjoying it and it's not what I want to pursue now. I have the option of transferring to a new private university starting in January 2018 on a new 3 year course.

    I have used the 'gift year' of funding. Therefore, will I get a full 3 years of funding for the new course from January, as I'm not taking a year out, I'm transferring to a new university within the same academic year or will they class the course I've being on since September as using a year of entitlement?

    Thanks for any advice anybody can give! I tried to call SFE and the advisor was quite unhelpful, all I got told was 'it's down to the assessors, you might get full funding or you might not' which isn't really helpful.
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    (Original post by camy934)
    Hey,

    Not sure if anybody has any advice or knows how the student finance process works?

    I started a 4 year course in September, but I'm not enjoying it and it's not what I want to pursue now. I have the option of transferring to a new private university starting in January 2018 on a new 3 year course.

    I have used the 'gift year' of funding. Therefore, will I get a full 3 years of funding for the new course from January, as I'm not taking a year out, I'm transferring to a new university within the same academic year or will they class the course I've being on since September as using a year of entitlement?

    Thanks for any advice anybody can give! I tried to call SFE and the advisor was quite unhelpful, all I got told was 'it's down to the assessors, you might get full funding or you might not' which isn't really helpful.
    Moving this to the SFE forum. If they're unable to say on the phone it may just be that they have to check your case first before promising anything. It sounds like you are entitled to the 3 years and it will have to be worked out based on how much you have used already.
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    (Original post by camy934)
    Hey,

    Not sure if anybody has any advice or knows how the student finance process works?

    I started a 4 year course in September, but I'm not enjoying it and it's not what I want to pursue now. I have the option of transferring to a new private university starting in January 2018 on a new 3 year course.

    I have used the 'gift year' of funding. Therefore, will I get a full 3 years of funding for the new course from January, as I'm not taking a year out, I'm transferring to a new university within the same academic year or will they class the course I've being on since September as using a year of entitlement?

    Thanks for any advice anybody can give! I tried to call SFE and the advisor was quite unhelpful, all I got told was 'it's down to the assessors, you might get full funding or you might not' which isn't really helpful.
    Hi camy934,

    If you transfer from your September start course to a new January start course, you will be entitled to claim support for both courses.

    You can receive a Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan and supplementary grants appropriate for the period you attended the 1st course, plus a full year of support for the new course.

    This will count as 2 years of support when calculating your future entitlement to support.

    However, this will be subject to the previous study rule to determine if you will be eligible to receive the support for both periods.

    So on the information you have provided, if you have already used the gift year, you may only be entitled to a maintenance loan only for the new course, without mitigating circumstances.

    If the only previous study you have had, is the first year you have started of your current course, no other study prior to this, then that would be classed as the gift year and you would receive full support for the new course that you are transferring to.

    If you are planning to transfer from a course in order to begin a new course in the same academic year you should submit a Change of Circumstances form in the normal way (either yourself or the university can send this electronically on your behalf).

    Thanks Rona
 
 
 
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