Withdrawing from your studies

Find out how to withdraw from your course if you decide to stop studying at NTU.

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. You should talk to your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor. They can discuss the options available to you.

You can also get help if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer credit to another university.

NTU is part of the Midlands Credit Compass. We can help you consider your options if you're thinking about:

  • leaving your studies, or
  • switching universities to one of the Midlands Enterprise Universities (MEU).

The MEU include:

  • Birmingham City
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Lincoln
  • Nottingham Trent
  • Wolverhampton.

Find out more about the Midlands Enterprise Universities.

Consider the implications

Withdrawing from your studies means you've decided to stop studying at NTU. Your contract with the University will end. It's important that you consider all the implications of withdrawing. There may be other options available that are more suitable for you. Discuss your intentions with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Here's some key information to consider.

Consider taking a leave of absence rather than withdrawing

You might not be certain about permanently withdrawing from NTU. Another option is suspending your studies, also known as ' taking a leave of absence'.

We may grant a leave of absence if you need a break from your studies for specific reasons. These can include things like ill health, maternity, or financial difficulties. You should first discuss this with:

  • your personal tutor, or
  • other relevant members of staff in your department.

Academic

Depending on when you withdraw, you may be eligible to receive an exit qualification. You should discuss this first with your course leader, personal tutor, or supervisor.

Fees and funding

Withdrawing from your studies during the academic year may affect your tuition fee. You can find out more from our fee payment conditions.

Students funded by a UK student funding body

You should contact the Student Loans Company to ensure that they are aware of any changes to your study.

If you have a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, we'll keep them updated. We'll let them know of any change to your tuition fee liability for that academic year.

We are also required to update the Student Loans Company if you withdraw from your studies. See the terms and conditions of student loans for more information.

The Student Loans Company will reassess any Maintenance Loan or grants you're getting. You're usually only eligible while you're actively studying.

There may also be an impact on your future funding entitlement.

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 have to pay some of it back.

If you're a postgraduate student and 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.

Students funded by external funding bodies

Withdrawing from your studies may affect your eligibility for external funding. If you're receiving external funding, contact your provider for further advice. This can include sponsorships and so forth.

If you receive funding from a UK research council, NTU must inform the relevant funding body of:

  • your withdrawal date, and
  • the reasons you have decided to leave.

If you receive US Financial Student Aid, email us for advice before withdrawing from your studies. Withdrawing can affect your funding and repayment requirement.

Further education students

If you're a further education student, email us for advice. We'll be able to tell you about the impact of your withdrawal on any further education funding you get.

Eligibility for University bursaries, scholarships and hardship funding

You'll no longer be eligible for University bursaries, scholarships and hardship funding.

How you will support yourself financially

Carefully consider how you'll support yourself if you withdraw from your studies. See the section about your career, below.

You'll be eligible to claim welfare state benefits once:

  • you have withdrawn, and
  • your student status has come to an end.

You may wish to contact Citizens Advice for support with doing this.

If you're thinking of withdrawing, make an appointment with our money advice team. They'll be able to talk you through the financial implications one-on-one.

Access to the University and NOW

You'll no longer have access to your NTU IT account once you've withdrawn. You'll lose access to:

  • NOW
  • online library resources
  • Employability Online
  • Office 365
  • OneDrive, and
  • your University email address.

If you need any content you've stored on any of these, save it locally on your personal computer. You must do this before you withdraw.

You'll also lose access to all University buildings from your withdrawal date.

Accommodation

If you're thinking of withdrawing, review your contractual status with any accommodation provider. This includes NTU halls.

Try to cancel your accommodation within the terms of the cancellation policy. If you can't, it's likely you'll be held to contract, and have to pay your fees in full.

Not all providers have a cancellation policy. A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document. Once you've signed it, the provider is not required to allow you to cancel.

NTU and UPP halls do allow new students to cancel. You must notify us in writing at least 21 days before the start of the licence period. See our guide to accommodation for more information. You can also email Student Accommodation Services or call them on +44 (0)115 848 2894.

If you've booked with a private provider, contact them directly. Review your tenancy agreement and any other booking information first.

You can also contact Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) Information and Advice Service. They'll be able to give advice on accommodation contracts.

Disability services

You won't be able to access Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) from the point you withdraw from your studies.

If you have mentoring or tutor support, tell your provider that you're going to withdraw. If you don't, you may be liable for the cost of any further support beyond the point you withdraw.

Our Disability Support teams can advise you. You can also email the DSA team at the Student Loans Company if you have any queries.

Council Tax

If you withdraw from your course, you'll no longer be eligible for Council Tax exemption.

If you continue living with other students, the property will no longer be exempt from Council Tax. However, you may be eligible for a discount if all other residents do have student exemption.

Find out more about Council Tax.

Visas and immigration

Seek advice from our International Student Support team before you withdraw.

If you withdraw from NTU before completing your course, we must notify UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). This is part of our responsibilities as a sponsor. This also applies if we withdraw you from your course.

This will result in your visa being curtailed to 60 days. You'll usually have to leave the UK, unless you're eligible to apply for a different visa.

Find more information about visas and immigration.

Your career

Taking a leave of absence doesn't mean taking a break from working towards your career.

Use our Live Chat and Online Drop-In to speak to one of our advisers. They can give you tailored advice and support based on your individual circumstances.

Complete the formal procedure

We recommend you only complete the formal withdrawal process once you:

  • have sought advice from your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor,
  • have reviewed the guidance provided above, and
  • fully understand the implications that withdrawing may have.

If you haven't already done so, review the information above and get advice before proceeding.

Please select your Academic School below to view the formal procedure you need to complete to withdraw from your studies.

If you're a doctoral student, once you have discusses your intentions to withdraw with your supervisor, you should use our NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App to request your withdrawal.

Complete your withdrawal form and submit it to:

  • your Subject Administrator, or
  • your course team.

Use the contact details listed below.

Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you've considered your options fully, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Email AREAdmin@ntu.ac.uk to submit your completed withdrawal form, unless you're a further education (FE) student.

If you're a further education (FE) student, email fe.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk to submit your completed withdrawal form.

Architecture, Design and Built Environment

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you've fully considered your options, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Submit your completed withdrawal form to your subject administrator.

Art and Design

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you've fully considered your options, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Submit your completed withdrawal form to your course administrator.

If you're not sure who that is, you'll have to send it to your subject administrator. If you're:

They'll pass it on for you.

Arts and Humanities

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the  Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you've fully considered your options, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Submit the completed form to your course administrator.

If you're not sure who that is, email AAHSchool.admin@ntu.ac.uk to submit it. They'll pass it on for you.

Nottingham Business School

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you have considered your options fully, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Submit your completed withdrawal form to either:

Nottingham Law School

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you've fully considered your options, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Email BLSNLSSubjectAdmin@ntu.ac.uk once you're ready. They'll be able to:

  • guide you through the process, and
  • help you with any extra paperwork you have to submit in support of your request to withdraw.

Science and Technology

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the  Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you've fully considered your options, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Email SCI.StudentRequests@ntu.ac.uk to submit it.

Social Sciences

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Please contact your course leader or Subject Administrator to submit your withdrawal form. Please don't feel you should complete the form before making this contact. Your course leader has insight into the way your course is structured and organised. They may be able to discuss options that you haven't considered.

Email it to SOCReception@ntu.ac.uk for all social science courses, except education.

Email it to NIE.Reception@ntu.ac.uk for education.

NTU Doctoral School

Discuss your options with your supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Make sure you fully consider your options. Then use the NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App to indicate your intention to withdraw.

Confetti

Discuss your options with your course leader, personal tutor or supervisor.

Get advice about the Midlands Credit Compass if:

  • you're thinking about leaving your studies, or
  • you want to transfer to another university.

See the Midlands Enterprise Universities website for further information.

Once you have considered your options fully, you should complete the withdrawal form.

Email your completed withdrawal from to MIS@confetti.ac.uk to submit it.

  • Last updated: 16/11/2021