Student Services

Interrupting your studies

It is very important that you consider your situation carefully before making a decision to interrupt your studies.

Interruption of studies means that you are either considering or intending to interrupt or suspend study for a specific period of time, but that you intend to resume studies with the university at a future date. If you are interrupting your study, you will return to study at a date agreed with your personal tutor.

It is very important that you consider your situation carefully before making a decision to interrupt your studies. You should always speak to your personal tutor to discuss the situation with him/her before making any decision.

When should I return to study?

You would normally be expected to return to your studies at the start of the next academic session. If you require an extension to your period of interruption i.e. for another academic year, you should seek advice from your personal tutor or your School to see if this is going to be permissible,  your student support provider and student finance at the university as this may affect the type of student support that you are eligible for and the rate of tuition fee that you are required to pay.

What are the implications of interrupting your study?

  • Implications for Home & EU students

    Once you have made the decision to interrupt your studies and have completed the online form, your record will be suspended. Your finance record will be recalculated in line with the university policy to determine the fee due for the period you attended for. The relevant dates and percentages of fee payable are available below. 

    Students in receipt of government student support packages

    We will notify your student support provider of your interruption. Upon reassessment of your entitlement, they will determine the appropriate tuition fee loan you are entitled to. The level of fee they will pay to us will depend on the date of your interruption. The university will not charge you a fee higher than the tuition fee loan entitlement.

    You will also be reassessed in relation to your entitlement for maintenance loan and grants. If you are entitled to receive a further payment of support, you will receive this on the next payment period as detailed in your support notification letter. However, if it is deemed that you have received too much support, you may be required to make a repayment as soon as possible. Any further support for the remainder of the year will be rescinded.

    Upon your return to your studies you would normally be entitled to receive the same student support package that you were in receipt of prior to your interruption. This would include your tuition fee rate liability. You will however, be assessed as having utilised a year of your student support entitlement. You would normally be expected to return to your studies at the start of the next academic session. If you require an extension to your period of interruption i.e. for another academic year, you should seek advice from your personal tutor or your School to see if this is going to be permissible and your student support provider and student finance at the university as this may affect the type of student support that you are eligible for and the rate of tuition fee that you are required to pay.

    Students who are self-payers or employer sponsored

    Upon your return to your studies you would normally be entitled to continue to pay the relevant fee band you were paying prior to your interruption, which is usually uplifted annually. You would normally be expected to return to your studies at the start of the next academic session. If you require an extension to your period of interruption i.e. for another academic year, you should seek advice from your personal tutor to see if this is permissible as well as from your student support provider to see if this will affect the type of funding you may apply for. Extended periods of absence may also have an effect on the rate of fee that you are required to pay and you should seek advice from student finance at the university.

    Students that interrupt from their studies are considered to still be students and so are not eligible to apply for government means-tested benefits, unless there is already an underlying eligibility for example, some single students with children. If you are considering interrupting for financial reasons it is imperative that you seek advice from a finance adviser.

    If you are in receipt of student support from Student Finance England or other regional equivalent, interrupting from your studies has a number of consequences on your entitlement to student support. 

    Upon submission of the relevant form, we will recalculate the fee due for the period of attendance. We will determine whether the account is settled, whether there is a refund due or whether there is still an outstanding balance. If the account is settled there will be no further action for you to take. If there is a refund due we will request that you complete a refund request form to enable us to repay the funds. Refunds will be made in line with the university's Charging and Refund Policy. If however there is a balance due, you or your employer/sponsor will be required to make the payment as soon as possible to clear the account. Please note monies not paid by an employer/sponsor remain the liability of the student.

    Government means-tested benefits

    Students that interrupt from their studies are considered to still be students and so are not eligible to apply for government means-tested benefits, unless there is already an underlying eligibility for example, some single students with children. If you are considering interrupting for financial reasons it is imperative that you seek advice from a finance adviser.

  • Implications for international students

    Implications for your visa (Tier 4 students)

    If you are a student with Tier 4 leave, withdrawing or interrupting from your studies has implications for your visa. The university is required to report to UKVI if you interrupt or withdraw from study. Following this report, UKVI will curtail your visa. Therefore after interrupting or withdrawing from study you are expected to leave the UK (or apply for a different visa). As part of the interruption / withdrawal process all international students will be contacted by a member of the International Compliance & Advice team to be given guidance about this.

    If you wish to contact the International Compliance & Advice team for advice and guidance on your visa status, email us or contact us via the Student Centre.

    Implications for your finances

    Upon submission of the relevant form, we will recalculate the fee due for the period of attendance. We will determine whether the account is settled, whether there is a refund due or whether there is still an outstanding balance. If the account is settled there will be no further action for you to take. If there is a refund due we will request that you complete a refund request form to enable us to repay the funds. Refunds will be made in line with the university's Charging and Refund Policy. If however there is a balance due, you or your sponsor will be required to make the payment as soon as possible to clear the account.

    Implications for US students in receipt for Federal Student Aid

    US Nationals are not included in this policy for reasons relating to the US Department of Education Regulations relating to Federal Student Aid which are disbursed for the purposes of payment of tuition fees. You must therefore contact your Destination point administrator if you are thinking of interrupting study.

  • Implications for your accommodation

    If you live in the university's Halls of Residences, you must notify the Accommodation Service in writing that you are interrupting your studies.  Accommodation Services staff will confirm your course status and provided they have confirmation that you are interrupting your studies, arrangements will then be made for the termination of your Accommodation Licence.  Four weeks' (28 days) notice will be accepted from the date of notification of interruption (or on the date that the interruption officially began if it falls after the four week notice period).  The resident will be charged for this four week notice period unless the licence is terminated earlier due to a replacement resident being found for his/her room.  Residents will be notified if they will be released early.  If you do not do this your contract continues until the end of your licence period and you will be liable for payment.

    Please see section 1.2 of the University Licence Agreement for confirmation of the terms and conditions of your accommodation licence agreement.

  • Implications for students employed by the university

    In accordance with the policy for the employment of students within the university, individuals must be fully registered for the given academic session in order to be eligible for campus work through the JobShop.  Therefore students who have interrupted or withdrawn from study may not undertake campus employment until they have become fully registered again i.e. with an active student record for the given academic session.

  • Other implications

    E-mail

    You will still have access to you university e-mail account, with limited access to your Portal.

    Student ID card

    Your university ID card must be handed in to the Student Centre when you leave the university.

    Library

    You must return all books on loan from the library and pay any fines that are due.

    Student Oyster Card

    If you have a student discount Oyster card then Transport for London (TFL) will be informed that you are no longer a student, and the card will be made invalid by TFL.

If you wish to interrupt your studies

Interruption of study process

After taking all this into consideration if you feel you still need to continue with interrupting your programme of study, you should discuss it with your personal tutor and you must download and complete the interruption of study form below giving your details and the reason(s) why you wish to interrupt.

It is very important that you do more than simply stop attending.

Select an option below

I am studying at one of the main campuses 

(Greenwich, Medway, Avery Hill) only

Complete the online interruption of studies request form.

Please note: if you are currently logged in to the portal, this link will log you out.

I am studying at a Partner College/Network College/Collaborative partner college

After taking all this into consideration if you feel you still need to continue with interrupting your programme of study, you should discuss it with your personal tutor and you must download and complete the interruption of study form below giving your details and the reason(s) why you wish to interrupt.

Interruption of studies form W102a 
 
To be completed by all Home and EU Partner College/Network College/Collaborative partner college students wishing to interrupt their studies.