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Around 16 months ago I withdrew from university due to feeling unwell. At the time, I thought it was due to stress and anxiety.

Due to the pandemic and being embarrassed at the time I avoided seeking any help.

Recently, I've been diagnosed with a fairly severe autoimmune disease - though it is treatable.

Once my health allows me to, I was wondering if SFE would accept this as a compelling reason as you would normally need to document it at the time of the incident.

If this is not possible, is there another method of gaining the necessary funding required to complete a degree?
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If you have a diagnosis from your doctor and relevant documentation for it (e.g. letter from your GP, admission/discharge forms from hospital stays, anything confirming referral to a specialist etc) then I think it's quite possible you'll get CPR if you apply for it. When I applied for CPR I just got as much documentation as I could, then wrote a sort of "cover letter" explaining my situation (depression/anxiety issues in my case) and how it affected my studies resulting in needing an additional year of funding. I was granted CPR in the end so I think just getting as much evidence as you can together along with explaining the situation clearly is the way to go!
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If you have a diagnosis from your doctor and relevant documentation for it (e.g. letter from your GP, admission/discharge forms from hospital stays, anything confirming referral to a specialist etc) then I think it's quite possible you'll get CPR if you apply for it. When I applied for CPR I just got as much documentation as I could, then wrote a sort of "cover letter" explaining my situation (depression/anxiety issues in my case) and how it affected my studies resulting in needing an additional year of funding. I was granted CPR in the end so I think just getting as much evidence as you can together along with explaining the situation clearly is the way to go!
That's good to know, thanks. It's great that you managed to get yours sorted in the end.

Yeah, I think the only issue I'll have is the gap between my studies and diagnosis. Though, the consultant I'm under believes I've had this condition for at least 5 years.

As I've already used up two years of funding it is my only hope.
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That's good to know, thanks. It's great that you managed to get yours sorted in the end.

Yeah, I think the only issue I'll have is the gap between my studies and diagnosis. Though, the consultant I'm under believes I've had this condition for at least 5 years.

As I've already used up two years of funding it is my only hope.
I would suggest asking them to write in your letter that they believe you had this illness at the time of your studies, even thought it was only recently diagnosed. That should hopefully make things clearer for SFE!
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I would suggest asking them to write in your letter that they believe you had this illness at the time of your studies, even thought it was only recently diagnosed. That should hopefully make things clearer for SFE!
Good idea, will do.
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