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Charged £2250 when DD didn't attend one day.

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acornsandnuts Tue 04-Oct-16 16:09:15

We were stupidly under the impression from a family member that there was no financial implications when DD decided to withdraw from her place and resit an A Level to get a better course for next year.

The course she was offered was a variant of the course she wanted, the uni actually rang her and when she said she was unsure they said to try it. No mention of full term charge to bloody try it. As it happened she decided to try for better grades and didn't go to the university place at all.

The finance at the uni have also told her to just keep her maintenance loan, I'm just really confused.

Family members daughter, has done a week for the past two years before deciding it wasn't for her with no payback at all.

Is it a case of difference universities have different policies? It does seem so unfair.

FrancisCrawford Tue 04-Oct-16 16:12:52

Did your daughter enroll for a uni course, attend for a week and then drop out?

Surely she must have expected to pay because she's taken a place someone else could have had?

acornsandnuts Tue 04-Oct-16 16:17:45

So you don't know if different universities have different policies?

NickyEds Tue 04-Oct-16 16:32:08

I think most unis have the same policy, so term 1 is 25% of fees, term 2 is 50% and term 3 is 100% depending on when you drop out. I think some places might have different rules regarding accommodation though.

NickyEds Tue 04-Oct-16 16:33:19

If she didn't enrol at all how come she has the maintenance loan? What was the time line?

yoink Tue 04-Oct-16 16:40:51

It doesn't really matter what other universities do does it?

You were foolish to rely on the word of a relative instead of checking with the university.

melibu84 Tue 04-Oct-16 16:42:44

In order to get the loan, she would have had to enrol for the course. At least, that's the way it was 6 years ago when I was at uni!

Costacoffeeplease Tue 04-Oct-16 16:46:50

Why didn't you ask the university concerned?

titchy Tue 04-Oct-16 16:50:22

Loan rules, which apply to all universities, state that there is no liability to pay fees if the student withdraws formally within two weeks of the start date.

Did she? And have they acknowledged her leaving date?

NerrSnerr Tue 04-Oct-16 16:51:13

So she got her maintenance loan? When did she tell the university that she was dropping out?

FlyHighLittleBee Tue 04-Oct-16 17:05:00

She will have to pay her loan back. I got a call a year after I dropped out, asking for the terms worth in which I had left. I was a single parent, so they let me pay a tenner a month.

NickyEds Tue 04-Oct-16 17:51:31

Did she actually register? If she did it is as titchy says and she should have sent a formal withdrawl within 14 days to avoid liability. If she registered and didn't withdraw she will have to pay for a term.

kittykittykitty5 Tue 04-Oct-16 17:54:10

Has she already spent the maintenance grant? If not, it should not be a drama to just pay it all back.

The tuition fees, it does not suprise me to be honest. My niece left after a week as she had an Ovarian cyst burst. She had to payback the entire term of fees. She wasn't even allowed to defer her place for the following year on medical grounds, bit of a disgrace really.

user1474361571 Tue 04-Oct-16 18:13:24

She wasn't even allowed to defer her place for the following year on medical grounds, bit of a disgrace really.

In several decades of working at universities, I have never, ever heard of a student with serious medical issues being refused the right to defer a year.

I always wonder when reading threads like these whether families are being told the whole story.

I agree with Titchy that formal withdrawal within 14 days avoids fee liability. If she didn't get the paperwork in on time, this should be taken as a lesson to read important terms and conditions before signing up to anything.

Coconutty Tue 04-Oct-16 18:17:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Camembertie Tue 04-Oct-16 18:17:47

^WTS and in my uni we actually allow withdrawal with no fees til the end of October.

Fact they have told her to keep the grant is concerning me slightly that they may be fudging their attendance stats and returning her as enrolled rather than withdrawn. I would ask the uni for written proof of the withdrawal including the effective date.

acornsandnuts Tue 04-Oct-16 18:33:15

Sorry for radio silence.

She accepted her place. The loans came through. University started on Monday 19th September which was the date she emailed to withdraw. They say the cut of was 18th.

tinchy Where can I find any documentation for the 14 day rule please.

acornsandnuts Tue 04-Oct-16 18:51:24

Thanks camem I'll get her to request that tomorrow.

acornsandnuts Tue 04-Oct-16 18:57:29

And she hasn't touched her maintenance grant.

ImperialBlether Tue 04-Oct-16 19:00:56

I thought that it all kicked in once they'd registered and that if they didn't register they didn't receive any money and nothing was paid out in their name.

titchy Tue 04-Oct-16 19:13:39

Page 6.

kath6144 Tue 04-Oct-16 19:14:56

Imperial - yes that was my understanding too, my DS said his maintenance loan wouldnt come through until he formally finished registration when he arrived (he could do some of registration at home).

acornsandnuts Tue 04-Oct-16 19:45:19

Thanks tinchy but I can't get the link to work.

titchy Tue 04-Oct-16 19:54:02

titchy Tue 04-Oct-16 20:00:11

Actually that link only states two weeks for part time. Google 'UG fee liability xx university' - there should be something there in their own terms and conditions.

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