If you are entitled to the Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England, this will cover the tuition for the ordinary duration of your course, plus one additional year (known as a ‘gift year’), minus any previous years of study at Higher Education level.
You will be eligible for tuition fee funding for a repeat year or part-time repeat, where you have not yet used your additional year of funding or had previous Higher Education funding prior to your current course. If you have previously studied at Higher Education level or already used your additional year of funding, you will need to fund your own tuition fees during any repeated studies, i.e. a repeat year or if repeating modules on a part-time basis.
When funding is affected by previous study, you will not be able to get a tuition fee loan but should still be able to access the maintenance loan and additional grants such as the Parents Learning Allowance or Disabled Student Allowance as usual.
Compelling personal reasons
There is an exception to the previous study rules, which is if you have had extenuating circumstances for not completing a year of study. If this applies to you, you can write to Student Finance England to request an additional year of funding. Student Finance call this ‘compelling personal reasons’. You need to write a letter to explain how the compelling personal reasons have affected your studies and submit supporting evidence. UK Home funded students can submit this request via their online account, EU students need to post it. If your request is successful, your tuition fee loan will be reinstated.
You only need to submit a ‘compelling personal reasons’ request if you have already used your ‘gift year’ or have studied previously.
Please contact the Funding Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further advice on compelling personal reasons if required.
If you are undertaking reassessment without attendance, you will not be fully registered or liable for tuition fees, you’ll only need to pay the relevant resit costs and therefore this will not count as a year’s funding entitlement. As such you will not be eligible for any funding from Student Finance England as they generally only provide support for students in attendance.
Any student who is in debt to the University will normally be required to pay the debt before registering for the next academic year. If you are unable to pay the debt, you should contact the Student Services Hub for advice and support.