Taking a break or withdrawing

What you need to do before you suspend or withdraw

If you decide to suspend or withdraw from your studies, you should contact your uni or college. It's also really important you contact us. This minimises the risk of you being paid too much student finance.

What happens if you take a break from your course?

If you take a break from your course, your payments will stop. If you get a payment after this, you may be asked to repay it straight away. It's important you let us know as soon as you take a break.

If your university has agreed you can take a break from your studies, your Postgraduate Master's or Doctoral Loan payments will start again when you return to your course. If you take a break during your course for 2 or more years, you might get further payments because of compelling personal reasons, such as serious illness or bereavement.

What happens if you withdraw from your course?

If you withdraw from your course, your payments will stop. If you get a payment after this, you may be asked to repay it straight away. It's important you let us know as soon as possible if you withdraw from your course.

If you've left your course because of compelling personal reasons, you may be able to get another Postgraduate Master's or Doctoral Loan for a new course. You can only get this once.

What happens if you repeat a year?

You won't be able to get funding for your course to repeat a year, or part of a year. Even if you haven't had all your Postgraduate Loan payments or you chose not to take the maximum amount of loan available to you.

Claiming benefits

If you take a break or withdraw from your course, you may be able to claim benefits in certain circumstances, for example, if you become ill or take on caring responsibilities.

You should contact your local Jobcentre Plus for advice. You can also visit www.gov.uk to find out about any benefits you might be able to get.

Repaying your Postgraduate Master's or Doctoral Loan

You might be overpaid as a result of taking a break or withdrawing from your course. If this happens, we'll contact you to let you know how to repay the amount you've been overpaid or reduce any further student finance you're entitled to.

If you haven't been overpaid, you'll repay your Postgraduate Master's or Doctoral Loan as normal.



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