Making changes to your study

Find out about the financial implications of making changes to your study.

Sometimes things don't go to plan. You many find yourself needing to make changes to your study. This can be a worrying time, but we're here to help you make the right decision about your future.

Making a change to your study could have financial implications. You should always seek advice before making your final decision. This page summarises key information, and where to find further help and support.

Undergraduate students

Suspending your studies (taking time out)

There are many reasons why you may wish to take some time out from your studies. It may be due to personal or medical reasons. Perhaps you need to take a step back to think about whether your course is right for you. Whatever your reason, here's what you need to consider.

  • If you suspend your studies during the academic year, you may be charged a lower tuition fee for that year. You can find out more from our fee payment conditions.
  • If you have a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, your loan amount should be reassessed. It should match what NTU is charging you.
  • If you get a Maintenance Loan or any grants from the Student Loans Company, they'll be reassessed too. You're only usually eligible while you're actively studying.
  • If you take time out part way through a term, you may have been paid too much maintenance or grant. This is called an 'overpayment'. You may be asked to pay some of it back.

Withdrawing

We hope your time at NTU goes well, and that you enjoy your course. We also appreciate that you may have a change of heart, or that you may need to leave for personal or medical reasons. Here's some key information to consider.

  • If you withdraw from your studies during the academic year, you may be charged a lower tuition fee for that year. You can find out more from our fee payment conditions.
  • If you have a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), your loan amount should be reassessed. It should match what NTU is charging you.
  • If you get a Maintenance Loan or any grants from the Student Loans Company, they'll be reassessed too. You're only usually eligible while you're actively studying.
  • If you withdraw part way through a term, you may have been paid too much maintenance or grant. This is called an 'overpayment'. You may be asked to pay some of it back.

Repeating your studies

If you need to repeat any part of your course, there are several key factors you'll need to consider.

  • If you're repeating 'in attendance', you'll be charged tuition fees. The amount will depend on the number of credits or modules you're repeating.
  • If you're repeating your studies for the first time, it's likely you'll be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your fees. Student Finance provides one extra year of Tuition Fee Loan funding for undergraduates. This is sometimes called a 'gift year'.
  • If you're repeating your studies for a second time, the funding rules don't usually provide a Tuition Fee Loan. You may be able to ask for extra funding if you're repeating due to a compelling personal reason.
  • If you're repeating on a non-attendance basis, you're not usually entitled to any student finance. You'll need to self-fund your living costs and any administration fee charged by NTU.

Transferring to a different course

You may find that your course isn’t right for you and would like to change to a different one. There are several factors you'll need to weigh up before making any final decisions.

  • Eligibility for a Tuition Fee Loan will depend on your previous study history. If you spent more than a year studying on a previous course, you may have to self-fund some of your new course. If you couldn't complete a previous year due to a compelling personal reason, you may be awarded additional funding.
  • If you're a full-time student and transfer courses part-way through the year, you should never be charged more than £9,250. That's a full year's tuition fee. This applies even if you move to a different University. If you're a part-time student, the amount is £6,935.
  • If you take time out from your studies during the academic year to wait for your new course to start, your funding entitlement may be reassessed. You're only usually eligible while you are actively studying.

Changing mode of study

As you progress through your course, you may need to change the rate at which you study.  You may wish to change from full-time study to part-time, for example. Not all courses have this option, so check with your course team to see if it's possible. Here's what you’ll need to consider:

  • Switching your mode of study is likely to change how much you'll pay in fees each year.
  • Your entitlement to a Tuition Fee Loan may change.
  • If you receive a Maintenance Loan, you may receive less if you switch to a part-time course.
  • You may not be entitled to any grants, apart from the Disabled Students Allowance.
  • If you switch to part-time study part-way through a term, you may have been paid too much maintenance or grant. This is called an 'overpayment'. You may be asked to pay some of it back.
  • Part-time students may be eligible for state benefits.
  • Part-time students are liable to pay Council Tax.

Useful information for undergraduate students

Postgraduate students

Suspending your studies (taking time out)

There are many reasons why you may wish to take some time out from your studies. It may be due to personal or medical reasons. Perhaps you need to take a step back to think about whether your course is right for you. Whatever your reason, here's what you need to consider.

  • If you suspend your studies during the academic year, you may be charged a lower tuition fee for that year. You can find out more from our fee payment conditions.
  • If you receive postgraduate funding from the Student Loans Company, your loan payments will stop if you take time out.
  • Once you resume your studies, your postgraduate funding will be reinstated.

Withdrawing

We hope your time at NTU goes well, and that you enjoy your course. We also appreciate that you may have a change of heart, or that you may need to leave for personal or medical reasons. Here's some key information to consider.

  • If you withdraw from your studies during the academic year, you may be charged a lower tuition fee for that year. You can find out more from our fee payment conditions.
  • If you receive postgraduate funding from the Student Loans Company, your loan payments will stop if you withdraw.
  • You're only usually able to apply for postgraduate funding once. If you withdraw from your course, you're not usually eligible for any further funding for a course at the same level.
  • If you withdraw due to a compelling personal reason, you may be able apply for funding again in future. Such reasons can include significant poor health.

Repeating your studies

If you need to repeat any part of your course, there are several key factors you'll need to consider.

  • Any periods of repeat study are not funded.
  • Your loan payments will resume when you progress to the next part of your course.
  • You will usually receive your remaining funding entitlement in full once you progress.

Transferring to a different course

You may find that your course isn't right for you, and you'd like to change to a different one. There are several factors you'll need to weigh up before making any final decisions.

  • It's possible to transfer between postgraduate courses, as long as:
    • your previous course hasn't ended, and
    • you haven't withdrawn.
  • You can transfer to a different university.
  • It may be possible to transfer to a course that starts in a later academic year. Please seek advice before doing so.
  • You can't receive more than the maximum entitlement for one loan. This applies even if you transfer courses or institutions.

Changing mode of study

As you progress through your course, you may need to change the rate at which you study.  You may wish to change from full-time study to part-time, for example. Not all courses have this option, so check with your course team to see if it's possible. Here's what you’ll need to consider.

  • Switching your mode of study is likely to change how much you'll pay in fees each year.
  • Your total entitlement to postgraduate funding may change.
  • If you switch mode part-way through the academic year, your total amount of funding for that year may be reassessed. You could end up receiving less
  • Part-time students may be eligible for state benefits.
  • Part-time students are liable to pay Council Tax.

Useful resources for postgraduate students

Your next steps

  • If you live in rented accommodation, speak to your provider about your rent liability. It's likely you remain liable for your rent even if you suspend your studies or withdraw from your course.
  • Discuss your situation with your academic school. They'll help you with any formal processes and will advise you on the forms you need to complete.
  • Contact your national Student Finance service to let them know you're making a change.

If you need a bit of help figuring out your next steps, our Student Financial Support Service is here to help. We can advise you on the financial implications of making a change to your studies. We can also tell you the steps you need to take to make a change. If you'd like further support, book an appointment with one of our friendly Money Advisers. You can also email us if you have a general query.

Changing course or leaving NTU and need careers advice?

We know that changing course or leaving university can be a big decision. Our Employability team is here to help you:

  • weigh up your options
  • make your decision, and
  • consider the implications for your career.

Come along to a live chat on Employability Online to talk to an adviser straight away. You can also book an appointment.

  • Last updated: 07/05/2021