Important finance information for fully online study from January 2022

Important finance information for fully online study from January 2022

Many students have been studying online during the September-December 2021 teaching period, for a variety of reasons. You will need to check if online study will be possible for your course from January 2022 onwards – details are further down this page. If you continue to study online, this may impact your eligibility to receive a maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC) following changes to their eligibility criteria.

The following guidance is for students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, except for any courses designated as an online course by the university. If you are not sure whether your course is a designated online course, please visit the course finder on Wayfinder in the first instance. If you have any further wueries, please contact the Student Engagement Centre who will be able to help.

UK undergraduate students

If you are a UK student who receives a maintenance loan and are currently studying fully online, or wish to change to studying fully online, you must complete a declaration form by midnight Friday 17 December 2021 to confirm your chosen study mode for Jan-May 2022.

Please carefully read the details before submitting the declaration form.

At the start of the academic year, you were asked which mode of study you wished to follow; on-campus learning or, if available, fully online.

You now need to confirm whether you wish to study fully online (if that is available for your course) for Jan-May 2022. You can check if online study is available for your specific course and stage on the Wayfinder.

If fully online study is not available for your course, your Jan–May 2022 timetable will include campus-based activities, which you will be expected to attend.

If fully online study is available for your course and you wish to study fully online, you will be asked to complete a declaration form. Following completion of the form, the university will notify the SLC of your decision.

It is important to note that:

  • If you receive a student maintenance loan paid by the SLC and continue to study fully online, or have only minimal attendance, this will affect your eligibility for a student maintenance loan from the SLC. This is because where all aspects of a full-time course are provided online, the course will be treated as a distance learning course by the SLC. This does not apply where a student is unable to attend their course as a result of a disability (you should contact the Disabilities Team if you have a disability and wish to change to fully online study or change your pattern of attendance).
  • If you are already receiving a maintenance loan paid by SLC and you continue to study fully online, you will be reassessed for the overpaid maintenance loan by the SLC and may have to pay back money. The SLC assesses the nature of the course attendance across the course as a whole, and provided you notify us that you wish to change by Friday 17 December and attend your course according to the timetable for on-campus students, this will not affect your entitlement to a maintenance loan.

Important note about accommodation contracts

Any contracts for accommodation are the responsibility of the student and each accommodation provider will have its own terms, so it may not be possible to cancel a contract part way through the academic year. Therefore, students who wish to study fully online should carefully consider the implication of any change in their eligibility for a maintenance loan.

Sponsors

Students who have a sponsor will need to check that the sponsor will allow them to study fully online.

Help and support

If you are not sure which option to choose, or the impact it may have on your financial situation, please contact the Student Engagement Centre as soon as possible who will be able to discuss your options with you.

Please complete the online declaration form by Friday 17 December.

EU students receiving a tuition fee loan whilst studying their course online outside of England

If you are an EU student receiving a tuition fee loan and wish to study fully online, you must undertake your study whilst in England to receive student support; studying outside England is not permitted. For part-time students studying fully online there is an additional requirement that the student is undertaking the course in England on the first day of the first academic year. If you wish to study fully online, please please visit the Wayfinder to check if online study is available for your specific course and stage. If you have any further queries, please contact the Student Engagement Centre who will be able to help.

If you are leaving the UK over the winter break, make sure you check the quarantine and isolation requirements regularly as these may impact your ability to attend your on-campus learning.

International students studying on-campus and wishing to study online

For international students who require a study visa to study in the UK it is not possible to study fully online and remain in the UK due to UKVI regulations. If you wish to study fully online, you would need to return to your home country and your current student visa would be curtailed (cancelled – please note that this could have implications on future visa applications). If you do wish to study fully online, please visit the Wayfinder first to check if online study is available for your specific course and stage. If your course is available fully online and you are planning to return to your home country, please email visahelp.io@coventry.ac.uk who can advise on the immigration implications of returning home to study fully online.

If you are leaving the UK over the winter break, make sure you check the quarantine and isolation requirements regularly as these may impact your ability to attend your on-campus learning.

Postgraduate students receiving a Postgraduate Masters Loan

To qualify for a Postgraduate Masters Loan while distance learning, you will need to be living in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course. You will also need to live in:

  • England for the whole of your course if you are an EU national.
  • The UK for the whole of your course if you are not an EU national.

Further information is available on the eligibility page. Please note that it is your responsibility to let the Student Loan Company know of any changes in personal details. Further details on these responsibilities can be found on the UK Government guide to postgraduate loans.

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