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Funding dilema

I went to university around 5 years ago but had to quit my course after a year and a half due to medical reasons and the pandemic. I paid back the portion of the loan that I received for that year but didn't use and have for the past year been enrolled in an access to HE course for which I received an advanced learner loan. I planned to go back to university in September on a different course for which I would need 4 years funding and I haven't finished submitting all my financial evidence yet but I got an email recently saying that student finance will only be funding me from the 2nd year onwards due to the loans I've already received. I'm going to try and appeal as I was told that if I had to leave for medical reasons I could be entitled to an extra years funding but I wanted to ask if the advanced learner loan is being counted in the amount of loan I've already received which they're taking off my overall entitlement and also if it's normal for them to come to a decision before someone's submitted all their financial information? The financial information that's still not been submitted is my mums because she isn't able to get hold of her evidence until after the Easter holidays.
Because you started a second year and did more than 2 weeks on it then that counts as a year of previous study.

You’re right that Compelling Personal Reasons (with evidence) can be used to disregard one or more years of previous study. You need to apply and provide evidence for this to happen - it doesn’t happen automatically.

One of the reps from SFE might be able to link to a specific form but generally you just need to upload your evidence for CPR alongside a cover letter explaining the situation and that you are applying for CPR so that you will be funded for year 1 of your new course.
I went to university around 5 years ago but had to quit my course after a year and a half due to medical reasons and the pandemic. I paid back the portion of the loan that I received for that year but didn't use and have for the past year been enrolled in an access to HE course for which I received an advanced learner loan. I planned to go back to university in September on a different course for which I would need 4 years funding and I haven't finished submitting all my financial evidence yet but I got an email recently saying that student finance will only be funding me from the 2nd year onwards due to the loans I've already received. I'm going to try and appeal as I was told that if I had to leave for medical reasons I could be entitled to an extra years funding but I wanted to ask if the advanced learner loan is being counted in the amount of loan I've already received which they're taking off my overall entitlement and also if it's normal for them to come to a decision before someone's submitted all their financial information? The financial information that's still not been submitted is my mums because she isn't able to get hold of her evidence until after the Easter holidays.

Hi there,

The advance learner loan would not be counted in your previous study. I've enclosed how to apply for the extra year including evidence here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/going-back-to-uni-or-repeating-a-year this can be digitally uploaded to your account. Thanks, Jason

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