Taking a break or withdrawing

If a student decides to take a break or withdraw from their studies, they need to let us know as soon as possible. They should also ask their university or college to tell us.

We’ll then stop their Postgraduate Loan payments.

If their university or college has agreed that they can take a break from their course, their payments will start again when they return.

However, if they take a break for two years or more during their course, they’ll only get further payments if they can show they have compelling personal reasons, such as an illness or bereavement.

They’d need to send us evidence of their situation, such as a letter from a medical professional. Each case will be assessed on an individual basis.

If they’ve been paid too much

If the student has left their course early, this might mean they’ve been overpaid.

Usually, we’ll just take the amount from any future payments they’re due. For example, if they’re overpaid by £300 and are due a future payment of £1,000, we’ll pay them £700 instead.

They might have to repay the amount they’ve been overpaid early and, in this case, the repayment threshold won’t apply.

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