If you decide to withdraw

It’s really important to contact us and let your uni or college know your decision as soon as possible. This minimises the risk of you being overpaid your student finance.

Once your uni and college lets us know you’ve withdrawn, we’ll reassess your student finance based on the number of days you attended your course.

We’ll stop any future payments to you or your uni or college and send you a new student finance entitlement letter. Depending on the date you withdrew, and when your uni or college let us know, you may have been overpaid.

Repaying your student loan

You’ll be responsible for repaying your Maintenance Loan and any Tuition Fee Loan we’ve paid to your uni or college. You’ll repay these as normal unless you’ve been overpaid.

If you’ve been overpaid

If you’ve been overpaid after withdrawing, we’ll contact you to let you know how to repay any extra student finance you’ve already had.  You may need to repay this early and before you’re earning over the repayment threshold.

How much Tuition Fee Loan you’ll need to repay

The amount of Tuition Fee Loan you’ll need to repay will depend on the date you withdrew from your course. Your university or college will have their own fee charging policy, so you should speak to them about this.

Your tuition fee is paid at the start of each term.

The table shows how much of your tuition fee you’d normally have to repay depending on what date you suspend or withdraw.


Date Percentage of tuition fees you’ll have to pay back
From the first day of term 1 25%
From the first day of term 2 50%
From the first day of term 3 100%

If you return to university or college

If you withdrew in your first year, you should be able to get full funding to study another course.
If you left your course in your second year or later, you may have to cover some or all of the cost of your tuition fees yourself if you return to study. You’ll usually still be able to get a Maintenance Loan in any self-funded years of study.

How we work this out
As a general rule, you can get a Tuition Fee Loan for the full length of your course, plus one extra year if needed. The number of years you can get funding for is usually calculated as:

Length of current course + one year – years of previous study

You might be able to get an extra year of tuition fee support if you withdrew because reasons outside your control, such as bereavement or illness. You would need to provide evidence of this. Depending on your circumstances, this could include evidence from:

  • your GP
  • social services
  • your uni or college

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