Withdrawing from or Deferring (Suspending) your Course

Please consider carefully whether to enrol on your course. If you enrol and subsequently withdraw or defer (suspend) you will be charged fees irrespective of how early in the academic year you withdraw or defer.  For students studying one course year over a full year fees will be calculated as follows:

If you withdraw or defer at any time in: Percentage of tuition fee charged
Term 1 25%
Term 2 (or having completed 1 semester) 50%
Term 3 100%

For students studying a particular course year for just one semester (for example if you are repeating with attendance, or undertaking a special timetable) the fees will be calculated as follows:

If you withdraw or defer at any time in: Percentage of tuition fee charged
Term 1 50%
Term 2 (or having completed that particular course year) 100%

Deferring

If you wish to defer from your course, you must apply through the Registry department. If your deferral is granted, the Finance department will advise you of the fee for which you are liable, based on your last date of attendance at university. Please refer back to the table above for information on how we calculate the fee charged. 

On your return to UCB, we will calculate your fees based on what we charged for the academic year during which you deferred (not including any fee waivers). We will deduct from that the fee you were charged when you deferred.

Example

A student begins Year 1 of Foundation Degree Bakery and Confectionery Technology in September 2016. She is charged the maximum tuition fee of £8830 and she has a tuition fee loan and maintenance in place. Due to health reasons, she has to stop attending lectures on 9th November. She submits a deferral application form, requesting to defer her studies until September 2017, which is granted. The Finance department write to her to advise her that her tuition fee liability for the 16/17 academic year is £2207.50. When she returns to UCB in September 2017, she will be charged:

£8830(the 15/16 fee) - £2207.50 (the fee she was charged when she deferred) = £6622.50.

When a student defers, the Finance department will notify Student Finance England that the student has ‘suspended’ their study. 

Where the student has a maintenance loan in place, the student’s entitlement will be recalculated on a pro-rata basis, based on their last date of attendance. It may be possible for Student Finance to simply reduce your next loan payments to make up for the overpayment. 

Where a student’s deferral has been granted for health reasons, their maintenance support will be extended for a total of 60 days. The University will notify Student Finance where this is the case. 

If a student defers their studies and intends to return the following academic year, they will need to re-apply for Student Finance for the next year. 

Please note that if you defer, the period for which you were in attendance will be classed as a period of study by Student Finance and will therefore have an impact on any future funding. If you are deferring for personal reasons outside of your control, you may wish to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons. This provides you the opportunity to ask Student Finance to disregard the period of study which you deferred.

Withdrawing

If you wish to withdraw from your course, you must speak to your Year Manager. They will complete the appropriate paperwork and the Finance department will advise you of the fee for which you are liable, based on your last date of attendance at university or the study you have completed. Please refer back to the table above for information on how we calculate the fee charged. 

When a student withdraws, the Finance department will notify Student Finance England that the student has withdrawn from their studies.

Please note that if you withdraw from your course, the period for which you were in attendance will be classed as a period of study by Student Finance and will therefore have an impact on any future funding, should you wish to return to Higher Education at a later date. If you have had to withdraw for personal reasons outside of your control, you may wish to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons. This provides you the opportunity to ask Student Finance to disregard the period of study which led to your withdrawal. 

Lack of attendance at University may result in you being withdrawn.

 

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