SFE will fund eligible students for the ordinary duration of their course plus 1 additional year, minus any years of previous study as a standard rule. Suspending part way through a year does mean that your funding will cease from when you last attended and will also count as a full year of funding.
However, if you interrupt your studies for CPR and can provide evidence of your circumstances, your student finance provider has discretion to extend your support for the remaining part of the current year and/or an additional year. Examples of a CPR may include a serious illness, bereavement, pregnancy, personal family crisis.
If you are taking time out due to illness or caring responsibilities, your funding provider may be able to continue to pay your maintenance payments for a further 60 days after your last attendance.
If the interruption to your studies would cause financial hardship, your funding provider may allow you to continue receiving payments of maintenance support for the duration of the interruption. It is assumed that you will return home during this time and so you will need proof of rent/bills/bank statements etc if this is not the case.
If your CPR’s mean that you have not been able to complete the year then your funding provider may be able to reinstate that year so that you do not lose a year of your entitlement.
You will need:
Writing the letter:
‘I suffer from depression and anxiety. My illness has affected my ability to leave the house so I have been missing lectures. I have also had problems motivating myself to complete the work and have found it very difficult to process information because of my depression. I also get panic attacks which have prevented me from attending lectures and seminars, as well as my placement. My tutor advised me to interrupt my studies and my doctor is supportive of my decision.’
Evidence should be obtained from the student to support a claim that the withdrawal or requirement to repeat a year was for compelling personal reasons. The evidence should include a letter from the GP and / or a letter from The University wellbeing team or Social Services etc. All evidence must be from an official source.
The SU advice team can discuss your options and guide you through the process. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01484 473446 to book an appointment.