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    Need help and advice. Mature 37 looking to get back into education. Slight issue is when was younger applied and dropped out of uni twice. Now I have a child I want to improve my and sons life. How do I get help with funding if possible to study.
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    Need help and advice. Mature 37 looking to get back into education. Slight issue is when was younger applied and dropped out of uni twice. Now I have a child I want to improve my and sons life. How do I get help with funding if possible to study.
    Hi Jj37,

    As previous study affects your entitlement to funding could you tell me how many years you attended? Did you drop out in 1st year both times?

    Thanks,

    Stuart
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    I believe it was in my second year on both occasions. However like I said in previous mail, that was in my early 20s
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    I believe it was in my second year on both occasions. However like I said in previous mail, that was in my early 20s
    Hi Jj37,

    Students studying Full Time are entitled to the ordinary duration of their course plus 1 extra year, minus any previous study. So if you were looking to do a three year degree and dropped out in 2nd year on two occasions your calculation would be:

    3 + 1 - 4 = 0 years of entitlement

    Remaining years of ordinary entitlement will be awarded in the final years of the course. This means if the remaining entitlement for a 3 year course is 2 years, then the student would receive full funding in years 2 and 3.

    In this case, as there is no entitlement you would receive a means tested Maintenance Loan and Supplementary Grants only. There would be no entitlement to the Tuition Fee Loan.

    This doesn't apply to every course though. Courses designated as NHS courses are classed as exception courses. This means students who already hold a degree or previous study can still access the full package of funding, this includes full means tested support and a Tuition Fee Loan.

    Students can be awarded an extra year of fee support if it has been a result of Compelling Personal Reasons (CPR).

    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 student may have had their study affected:

    - Illness
    - Bereavement
    - Family crisis
    - Pregnancy
    - Unavoidable caring responsibility

    The above list is not exhaustive, as the reasons for CPR will depend on the students own circumstances. All CPR claims are unique and will be granted on their own merit.

    And just to confuse things further - it's slightly different if you are considering a Part Time course. If your previous study was Full Time and you did not gain a qualification, your previous study will not be counted against you. You would get funding for the duration of the course.

    Regards,

    Stuart
 
 
 
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