Student Services

Withdrawing from studies

If you feel you need to withdraw from studies you should consider the implications of withdrawing and discuss them with your personal tutor.

Still wish to withdraw?

You must complete the online withdrawal form.

Withdrawal process

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

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

What are the implications of interrupting your study?

  • Implications for Home & EU students

    Once you have made the decision to withdraw and have completed the relevant form, your record will be deactivated. 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

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

    We will notify your student support provider of your withdrawal. 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 withdrawal. 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 Any further support for the remainder of the year will be rescinded. 

    In addition, withdrawal would mean that, should you return to higher education in the future, you will be treated as a new student and will be assessed for the student support package available in the year you re-enter education, this will include the relevant new entrant fee. Furthermore, you will be assessed as having already utilised some of your student support entitlement which could affect the level of support you receive in the future. Advice and guidance is available from the student finance team.

    Students who are self-payers or employer-sponsored

    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.

    In addition, withdrawal would mean that should you return to higher education in the future, you will be treated as a new student and will be required to pay the new entrant rate tuition fee for the year of your return.

    Students that withdraw from their studies are no longer considered students and so you may be eligible to apply for government means-tested benefits depending on your personal circumstances and you should check with the appropriate benefit office.

    Government Means Tested Benefits

    Students that withdraw from their studies are no longer considered students and so you may be eligible to apply for government means-tested benefits depending on your personal circumstances and you should check with the appropriate benefit office. Advice and guidance is available from the student finance team.

  • Implications for international students

    Implications for your visa (Tier 4 students)

    If you are a Tier 4 student, withdrawing or interrupting from your studies has implications for your visa. The university is required to report to the Home Office (formerly UK Border Agency) if a Tier 4 visa student discontinues their studies, even if this is temporary. Students are expected to return home as the Home Office will curtail the visa. To ensure your withdrawal/interruption complies with university and Home Office regulations you are required to make an appointment with the International Office, Room 61, Queen Mary Building, Maritime Greenwich campus. To make an appointment you can either call in person, or telephone 020 8331 8892.

    We also recommend you book an appointment with an International Student Adviser via the Student Centre, for advice about your immigration status. 

    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. Advice and guidance is available from the student finance team.

    Implications for US students in receipt of 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 withdrawing from 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 withdrawing or have withdrawn from your course and provide them with a copy of your Withdrawal Form.  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/receipt of your withdrawal form (or on the date of the withdrawal 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. Thus, 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

    Your university e-mail account will be terminated once we have processed your withdrawal.

    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.

Next steps

If you still wish to withdraw from your studies, select an option below.

I am studying at one of the main campuses 

(Greenwich, Medway, Avery Hill) only

Complete the online withdrawal from 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 withdrawing from your programme of study, you should discuss it with your personal tutor and you must download and complete the withdrawal form below giving your details and the reason(s) why you wish to leave.

Withdrawal and Interruption of studies forms available here (please select the appropriate form) 
 
To be completed by all Home and EU Partner College/Network College/Collaborative partner college students wishing to interrupt their studies.