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    Due to continuing illness and mental health issues I have been unable to work full time since Nov 2015. Trying to do something positive about my depression and anxiety, I decided to go back into education to improve my confidence, top-up my HND up-to a BA Hons degree, and hopefully pave the way back into work in the future. As I was unsure if I would be able to return to do a top-up in a subject I had already studied, I rang SLC who advised me I could do this on a part time basis only and would be awarded a full loan/grant. So I began the course in October 2018. Then in the last week of November I received a letter informing me that a ‘quality check’ had been made on my account and SFC had no-choice but to retrieve the grant I’d received in the academic years of 2011/12 and 2012/13 = a whopping £5,890.

    I think the problem is that I began a BA Hons course in 2003 at Coventry University, but due to my then undiagnosed mental health condition, I had to defer it for two years. But sadly became physically unable to return to it, and ended with no qualification at all. The SFC say that I was party to this error, as I did not declare I had left Coventry University with a Foundation Degree (which I did not) when I applied for funding my HND course in 2011. If I have made an error I am sorry, but thought the SFC would have accurate records of my education and loans. As I am unable to work due to my mental health condition I have no way of paying back such a huge amount. This matter is causing me great anxiety and stress, adding to my already highly unpredictable, mental health problems. I understand students are not eligible to receive funding for an equivalent or a lower level course, but I thought a top up was acceptable.
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    (Original post by cdorandavies)
    Due to continuing illness and mental health issues I have been unable to work full time since Nov 2015. Trying to do something positive about my depression and anxiety, I decided to go back into education to improve my confidence, top-up my HND up-to a BA Hons degree, and hopefully pave the way back into work in the future. As I was unsure if I would be able to return to do a top-up in a subject I had already studied, I rang SLC who advised me I could do this on a part time basis only and would be awarded a full loan/grant. So I began the course in October 2018. Then in the last week of November I received a letter informing me that a ‘quality check’ had been made on my account and SFC had no-choice but to retrieve the grant I’d received in the academic years of 2011/12 and 2012/13 = a whopping £5,890.

    I think the problem is that I began a BA Hons course in 2003 at Coventry University, but due to my then undiagnosed mental health condition, I had to defer it for two years. But sadly became physically unable to return to it, and ended with no qualification at all. The SFC say that I was party to this error, as I did not declare I had left Coventry University with a Foundation Degree (which I did not) when I applied for funding my HND course in 2011. If I have made an error I am sorry, but thought the SFC would have accurate records of my education and loans. As I am unable to work due to my mental health condition I have no way of paying back such a huge amount. This matter is causing me great anxiety and stress, adding to my already highly unpredictable, mental health problems. I understand students are not eligible to receive funding for an equivalent or a lower level course, but I thought a top up was acceptable.
    Hi,

    Sorry to hear about your over payment. I'd recommend sending us a private/direct message via either Facebook or Twitter. This will allow us to gain access to your account and look in to this further for you if you'd like?

    Thanks, Duncan
 
 
 

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