Your eligibility for student funding may be affected if you've previously studied all or part of a higher education course before coming to university.
- Previous Study - If you have studied a higher education course (level 4 or level 5) before, even if you didn't complete it you may not get student funding for the full length of your course, meaning you'll have to pay some or all of the fees yourself.
- Equivalent and Lower Qualifications (ELQ) - if the course you are studying is of an equivalent or lower level to one you already hold you may not receive student funding for your fees or living costs.
There are exceptions to this rule. Students who already hold a degree and are joining a nursing, midwifery or allied health profession award (excluding Paramedic Science) will still be able to access tuition fee and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company.
If you think your eligibility to receive student funding may be affected by previous study, it's important to check this before you start your studies. You don't have to be a student or applicant to contact us. Our friendly support services can provide advice and in some cases may be able to help you in dealing with Student Finance.
If you have any questions or want to to arrange to speak to an Adviser contact the Student Advice Centre on 01782 294629.