Withdrawing from your studies

Once your withdrawal has been agreed and processed on your student record your fee liability can be calculated and the refund process initiated.

Campus based students

If you choose to permanently withdraw from your studies you will need to ensure that you have followed the withdrawal process.

Distance learning students

If you choose to permanently withdraw from your studies, please contact the relevant Distance Learning Team to discuss this.

Withdrawing within 14 days of the course start date

You have the right to withdraw from the University within 14 days from the course start date without giving any reason.

Where you wish to withdraw from your course within 14 days of the course start date you must follow the withdrawal process and state clearly that your withdrawal is within 14 days of the course start date. Once this is approved, the University will refund any tuition fees paid.

Withdrawing after 14 days of your course start date

If you permanently withdraw from your studies after 14 days of your course start date, the tuition fee calculation is dependent on the type of course you are studying:

Withdrawal date

The date of withdrawal is deemed to be the date on which you notified the University of an Intention to withdraw, or the date on which a decision was taken to withdraw you from your programme of study.

Sponsored or part sponsored students

If you permanently withdraw from your studies and and you have received part funding for tuition fees from a third party or the University, this funding will be applied to the full academic year or normal period of registration when calculating the fee liability.

Example: Part-sponsored student permanently withdraws from their studies

Tuition fees for a year: £10,000
Amount funded by sponsor/University: £5,000
Amount paid by sponsor/University: £5,000
Amount funded by student: £5,000
Amount paid by student: £1,000

Student withdraws with a fee liability of £5,000. The sponsor will be refunded £2,500 (50% of the £5,000 paid). The student will be liable for £1,500 (50% of the £5,000 due = £2,500 less £1,000 paid to date)

Will you receive a refund or be liable for tuition fees?

If you are yet to make sufficient payment to cover your fee liability at the date of withdrawal, the University will seek to recover the outstanding sum.

  • Where you or a sponsor has paid more than the fee liability at the date of withdrawal, a refund of the overpayment will be made
  • If you are in receipt of a scholarship or bursary and choose to withdraw permanently from the University (or are withdrawn from the University) in accordance with Senate Regulations, the University will seek to recover any overpaid funds at the date of withdrawal. Any such overpayment will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. 

Payment of refunds

Any refund repayments will be made to the person or organisation that made the original fee payment and by the same method of payment as the original payment, except where payment has been made by cash, in which case the refund will be made by bank transfer and we will request your bank details.

Refund of any monies paid in advance will be made where a student has withdrawn their application to attend a course at the University. Please note that refunds will not be immediate. However, they will be processed in a timely manner, but are subject to the University authorisation process and bank processing timings.

Refund of accommodation fees

Your accommodation contract covers your rights to a refund where you cancel your University accommodation.

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