For example:A student starts a course at Durham, completes year 1 and then withdraws part way through year 2
Your entitlement to a tuition fee loan from Student Finance can be affected by changes to study and having previous study in higher education.
Eligible Home and EU students are entitled to a tuition fee loan from Student Finance for the duration of their course plus one additional year’.
So where OD is the ordinary duration’ of your course, the number of years you are entitled to a tuition fee loan is OD + 1.
When you interrupt, repeat or withdraw from your course, or if you have previously studied on another higher education course before your current one, this can use up your entitlement.
Jump to Compelling Personal Reasons’ if you are interrupting, repeating or withdrawing from your course and would like to know how to request some entitlement back.
If you have spent any time in higher education before, this will be counted as previous study’ and will be deducted from your entitlement on your new course.
So where OD is the ordinary duration’ of the new course and PC is the number of years spent on the previous course, the calculation for entitlement is (OD+1) PC = number of years of tuition fee funding on new course
Student Finance will count any academic year that you attended higher education as previous study, even if you did not receive any funding from them for that year, and even if you were not in attendance for the whole year.
Usually, when the number of tuition fee loan entitlement years left is less than is needed for the new course, Student Finance will fund from the final year backwards.
For example: If you start on a new 3 year course but only have 2 years of tuition fee loan entitlement left, then Student Finance will fund years 2 and 3 of your course, leaving you to self-fund tuition fees in year 1: