If you're going through a difficult period with your studies, there are ways that we can help you.

Withdrawing from or interrupting your studies may sometimes seem like a quick and easy solution to your problems, but it may not be the best option for you and it's important that you consider the alternatives.

Important: Withdrawing from or interrupting your studies may have an effect on your student funding, tuition fee liability and, if applicable, your student visa – read through our guidance and talk to our Student Advisers if you have any other questions.

There is a difference between withdrawing from and interrupting your studies and it's critical to understand the difference between the two.

Interrupting your studies

If you interrupt your studies, it means you're taking time out from your course with the intention of re-joining it again at the next available opportunity (usually within one year). While interrupted, you are still considered to be a student for most purposes, but Student Finance England funding is not usually available during these periods.

Withdrawing from your studies

If you withdraw from your studies, it means you're leaving your course completely, with no intention of returning at a later date. When you've withdrawn, you'll no longer be considered a student and if you decide you'd like to study with us again, you'll need to complete the admissions process again.

Home (UK) students only: Under the terms of the Distance Selling Regulations you have a right of cancellation of up to 14 days from the date of your enrolment (which is the date you enrol in person at the University). Subject to the date of receipt of formal written notification of withdrawal by the appropriate registry office within this timeframe, there will be no tuition fee liability and any fees paid will be refunded.

Who to speak to

  • If you're struggling with your work and need academic advice, contact your Personal Tutor. If you're unsure who your Personal Tutor is, get in touch with the Senior Tutor or speak to your registry office
  • If you haven't been able to submit coursework or attend some exams due to illness, our mitigating circumstances process exists to ensure that you're not disadvantaged in your studies by serious, unforeseen and unpreventable circumstances
  • If you're having personal difficulties that you don't want to discuss with your Personal Tutor, make an appointment with our counsellors to talk about the issues in confidence
  • If your problems relate to your finances, funding or immigration status, speak to our Student Advisers
  • If you have an ongoing health issue/disability/Specific Learning Difficulty that's affecting your studies, register with our Disability Learning Support team and find out whether you are entitled to any individual assessment arrangements
  • Individual assessment and exam arrangements are there to help compensate for the difficulties that students with particular disabilities face, but they are not automatic – you must apply for them through Disability Learning Support

How to withdraw from or interrupt your studies

  • If you've explored all your options and decide that you'd like to withdraw or interrupt your studies, you'll need to complete the Withdrawal from Studies Form or Interruption of Studies Form and submit it to your registry office
  • When your form has been processed, you'll receive confirmation of your interruption or withdrawal from your registry office. If you do not receive confirmation, it's vital that you contact the office to make sure your form has been received
  • If you're in the UK on a Tier 4 Student Visa, the University is required to notify the Home Office if you interrupt or withdraw. If you're no longer attending a course, you will not be meeting the terms of your student visa and the Home Office will therefore normally shorten your visa and expect you to leave the UK
  • Before interrupting or withdrawing, speak to our Student Advisers for guidance

Interrupting or withdrawing forms

Student Finance England

If you receive funding from Student Finance England (SFE), interrupting or withdrawing from your studies can affect your SFE funding and entitlement in many ways. Your funding entitlement can also be affected if you have to repeat a year (or part of the year). So it’s vital you talk with our Student Advisers before making a decision.

You'll need to notify SFE that you're interrupting or withdrawing from your course, so that they can revise your funding entitlement and stop any funding payments that are due to be paid.

If you withdraw or interrupt partway through the academic year, SFE will re-assess your funding entitlement for the year and you may be asked to repay some of the Maintenance Loan and Grants you've received.

If you interrupt at the end of the academic year, SFE usually stop any future instalments of loans and grants until you resume your study and start attending your course.

If you interrupt, withdraw or end up repeating a year because of health issues you should also contact our Student Advisers to discuss the effect on your funding. If you interrupt partway through a year because of health reasons, SFE can allow funding to continue for a further 60 days after the date you interrupt (you may be asked to provide evidence of your health issues).

If you interrupt during the academic year because of other reasons, SFE also have the discretion to allow funding to continue if loss of funding will cause financial hardship.

If you withdraw from your course, SFE will usually stop any future instalments of loans and grants as you cease to be a student. Your attendance on this course or any previous degree level course will also reduce your entitlement to receive a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance/Special Support Grant for a future degree-level course, even if you only attended for one day and even if you did not apply for or receive any SFE funding. 

Get in touch with our Student Advisers for more detailed information and advice about the effect on your funding and the options available to you. You can also download our guide to interrupting or withdrawing and SFE funding:

Students who started before 2012/13 and receive SFE funding

If you withdraw from your course and intend to start studying again in the future, you'll be assessed under the new student funding rules. You'll be liable to pay the higher tuition fees introduced in 2012/13.

If you interrupt for one year and resume your studies, you should remain eligible for the pre-2012/13 tuition fees and for the pre-2012/13 student funding. However, if you change your mode of attendance from part-time to full-time (or vice-versa), your eligibility may change.

Withdrawing or interrupting and the effect on tuition fees

The amount of tuition fee you will need to pay depends on the date that you interrupt/withdraw and submit your interruption or withdrawal form.

Depending on your interruption/withdrawal date, you may become personally liable to pay the University some or all of your fees.

The deadlines are given in the guidance notes provided with the forms.

Further help and advice

If you'e unsure about the implications of withdrawing/interrupting, get in touch with our Student Advisers.