Making changes to your study

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

Sometimes things don’t go to plan and you may need to make changes to your study. This can be a worrying time. We’re here to help you make the right decision about your future. Making a change to your study may have financial implications, always seek advice before making your final decision. The information on this page provides key information about making a change and also 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, or perhaps you need to take a step back to consider whether your course is right for you. Here’s what you’ll 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 a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, your loan amount should be reassessed to match the amount you are being charged by NTU
  • If you receive a Maintenance Loan or any grants from the Student Loans Company, they will be reassessed too. You are only usually eligible while you are 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 that your time at NTU goes well and that you enjoy your course. We appreciate that you may have a change of heart or that you may need to leave for personal or medical reasons. Here is 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 a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, your loan amount should be reassessed to match the amount you are being charged by NTU
  • If you receive a Maintenance Loan or any grants from the Student Loans Company, they will be reassessed too. You are only usually eligible while you are 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 a number of key factors that you will need to consider:

  • If you are repeating ‘in attendance’ you will be charged tuition fees. The amount will depend on the number of credits/modules you are repeating
  • If you are repeating your studies for the first time, it is likely that you will be able to have a Tuition Fee 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 are repeating your studies for a second time, the funding rules do not usually provide a Tuition Fee Loan. You may be able to ask for extra funding if the reason for repeating is due to a ‘Compelling Personal Reason’
  • If you are repeating on a non-attendance basis, you are not usually entitled to any student finance. You will 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 a number of factors that you will need to weigh up before making any final decisions:

  • Eligibility for a Tuition Fee Loan will depend on your previous study history. If you have spent more than one year studying on a previous course, you may find that you will have to self-fund some of your new course. You may be able to be awarded additional funding if you couldn’t complete a previous year of study due to a ‘Compelling Personal Reason’
  • If you are a full-time student and transfer courses part-way through the year, you should never be charged more than £9,250 for the full year’s tuition fees – even if you move to a different University. If you are 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 are 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. For example, you may wish to change from full-time study to part-time. Not all courses have this option, check with your course team to see if it’s possible. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

  • Switching 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

If you need a bit of a helping hand 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 study. We can also advise on the steps you need to take to make a change. If you would like further support please book an appointment with one of our friendly Money Advisers. You can also e-mail us if you have a general query.

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, or perhaps you need to take a step back to consider whether your course is right for you. Here’s what you’ll 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 that your time at NTU goes well and that you enjoy your course. We appreciate that you may have a change of heart or that you may need to leave for personal or medical reasons. Here is 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 are only usually able to apply for postgraduate funding once. If you withdraw from your course, you are not usually eligible for any further funding for a course at the same level
  • If you withdraw due to a ‘Compelling Personal Reason’ – such as significant poor health, you may be able to make a further application for funding in the future

Repeating your studies

If you need to repeat any part of your course, there are a number of key factors that you will need to consider:

  • Any periods of repeat study are not funded
  • Once your period of repeat study has ended, if you progress to the next part of your course your loan payments will be reinstated
  • Whilst payments will not be made during a period of repeat study, 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 would like to change to a different one. There are a number of factors that you will need to weigh up before making any final decisions:

  • It is possible to transfer between postgraduate courses, providing your previous course has not ended and that you have not withdrawn
  • You can transfer to a different university
  • It may be possible to transfer to a course which starts in a later academic year, but please seek advice before doing so
  • You cannot receive more than the maximum entitlement for one loan 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. For example, you may wish to change from full-time study to part-time. Not all courses have this option, check with your course team to see if it’s possible. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

  • Switching 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, the total amount of funding for that year may be reassessed and 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 are living in rented accommodation, speak to your accommodation provider about your rent liability. It’s likely that you remain liable for your rent if you suspend your studies or withdraw from your course
  • Discuss your situation with your academic school. They will 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 that you are making a change

If you need a bit of a helping hand 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 study. We can also advise on the steps you need to take to make a change. If you would like further support please book an appointment with one of our friendly Money Advisers. You can also e-mail us if you have a general query.

  • Last updated: 24/09/2020