This article provides information regarding the availability of a student loan for a repeat year of study.
Student Finance England offer support for the length of your course, plus one additional year if required, less any years of previous study at university. Previous study is taken into account even if you did not receive funding for it or the study was undertaken overseas.
So for example, if you have to repeat a year of your course, then as long as you do not have any other previous study, you can receive funding for the extra year. If you have to repeat another year however, or if you have already repeated or studied a different course you will have to self-fund this repeat year.
Student Finance England have discretion to extend your funding if you have compelling personal reasons for repeating a period of study, for example, ill health. This discretion can be applied each time you are unable to complete a year due to your compelling personal reasons.
During any self-funded year, you will not be eligible for a tuition fee loan or any maintenance/special support grant (Pre 2016 starters only). You may still be eligible for a maintenance loan and University of Portsmouth Bursary along with any extra dependants’ allowances you are normally entitled to.
Please note, different rules apply if you are not from England or the EU. Visit the following websites for further information:
For further information about repeating please contact the Department of Student & Academic Registration:
Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5259
For further information or support applying for discretion due to compelling personal reasons please contact the Student Finance Centre
General Enquiries: +44 (0)23 9284 3014
Student Finance Centre
The Nuffield Centre - 2nd Floor
St. Michael's Road