A. You may get a discretionary grant from your local education authority, but you have used up your entitlement to a mandatory grant.
The rules are that you can only be considered for a full grant if you spent 20 weeks or less (excluding holidays) on a higher education course for which you received public funds.
If it was an uncompleted two-year course, your local education authority will consider you for a reduced award. This might mean that you may not get a grant for every year of the new course.
If it were a three-year course, any award is at the discretion of the local education authority, all of which are under financial pressure.
You will qualify for a student loan if your higher education course is full-time and you are under 50 when the course starts.
Read Student Grants and Loans - A Brief Guide for Higher Education Students 1995/6. Available free from the Department for Education on 0181-533 2000.
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