What do I need to know about voluntary suspension (taking a year off university)?

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For a few years I have been struggling with anxiety, since I started going to university its only gotten worse, I know I'm overly concerned with my grades but I'm want to do well. In my first year, I was getting over 70 marks on the majority of my assignments but its gone downhill now, I deferred some assignments and I am really struggling to complete them. Its gotten so bad that I am considering taking a year off so I can receive counselling and be more comfortable with where I am.
Anyway before I go through with it I wanted to know:
1. Will this affect my degree classification?
2. Will there be an additional costs for a voluntary suspension?
3. Will I be able to work on the modules I am currently working on during the voluntary suspension?
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I took a year off for health reasons.

1) no, it won't affect your degree classification

2) there's no additional costs, but you won't be eligible for a maintenance loan while you're off

3) you can do what you want with your time, including revising. You won't be able to submit work or anything though.

Some regulations will vary by university, so it would be a good idea to have a meeting with your personal tutor or student advice team before you make your decision.
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2) there's no additional costs, but you won't be eligible for a maintenance loan while you're off
Just a follow-up question. After I come back, would I be able to receive maintence loan?

Also, is there anything else I should know about voluntary suspension?

Thank you for your response.
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Just a follow-up question. After I come back, would I be able to receive maintence loan?

Also, is there anything else I should know about voluntary suspension?

Thank you for your response.
Yes, once you come back you'll be back to being a full-time student and can receive maintenance loan like normal.

I can't think of anything else 'official' you need to know. Only advice I'd give is a) prioritise your health so you're as healthy as possible when you go back but also b) find something to fill your time, whether that's a job, volunteering, a hobby, etc. At first my year off felt relaxing like the summer holidays or something... by the end I was extremely bored and longing for some structure again.
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Thank you for your replies.

I have a another question.
When you take a voluntary suspension, does it have to be a year long or can it a few months instead?
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Thank you for your replies.

I have a another question.
When you take a voluntary suspension, does it have to be a year long or can it a few months instead?
Most unis will only permit you to temporarily suspend for a full academic year.
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