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    I am currently studying Psychology at university, and I am a first year student. I have found that this course isn't for me. I've decided I'd like to complete the year and then change to a science based course in September 2018. However, in order to do this I will need to take a Level 3 Access to Science course at one of my local colleges. This would mean deferring my higher education for at least one year.

    I really want to avoid having to pay back 18k of fees when I will be returning to higher education / university within two years. I also guess this would mean that I would not be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan for my Level 3 studies whilst I have been receiving Higher Education funding, and would presumably have to pay for this tuition privately myself.

    Advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Hi

    I am currently studying Psychology at university, and I am a first year student. I have found that this course isn't for me. I've decided I'd like to complete the year and then change to a science based course in September 2018. However, in order to do this I will need to take a Level 3 Access to Science course at one of my local colleges. This would mean deferring my higher education for at least one year.

    I really want to avoid having to pay back 18k of fees when I will be returning to higher education / university within two years. I also guess this would mean that I would not be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan for my Level 3 studies whilst I have been receiving Higher Education funding, and would presumably have to pay for this tuition privately myself.

    Advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Hi clucky_chick,

    Student Finance allow you an additional year of support, sometimes referred to as a gift year, should you have to repeat a year or withdraw and start another course in another academic year.

    If you have only had that one year of Higher Education funding, what that means for you, is that you will have lost the gift year but can be confident that you will be eligible for full funding when you return in two years time to start another degree.

    As you have had only one year of previous study, you will be eligible to receive full support for the length of your new course but not if you have to repeat any year in the future.

    Advanced Learner Loans are repayable, non means tested (not based on the household income) fee loans for all eligible persons aged 19 or over, who wish to undertake courses at Level 3 or above at a College or Training Organisation in England.

    You will be able to apply for this for your Access course.

    For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan for your Access course, please contact,

    Tel: 0300 100 0619
    (Open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 8.00pm and between 9.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday. Local call rates apply).

    Thanks Rona
 
 
 
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