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Tuition fees contract terms

Once my daughter has started her course, typically how long do universities and colleges allow you to change your mind without having to pay full year's tuition fee?
Answered by Alison Patterson
Hi Martin,

The SLC (Student Loans Company) regards you as liable for a term if you start that term, which is 25% of the fee for term 1, a further 25% for term 2 and the remaining 50% for term 3.

So if you start a term you will be liable for that term. Universities may choose not to claim anything for a period after the start of term (which means the SLC will not record the liability), but that is up to them. For example, Nottingham allows a three-week grace period.

If a university charges 50% for the first term, a loan will only be available for 25%.

Universities should make their terms clear in the offer letter.

Look at our Fees section: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/university-tu.../

Hope this helps,

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