If you drop papers, you need to let us know straight away as your payments could be affected.
Dropping papers means you could change from full-time to part-time study.
We use a measurement called EFTS (Equivalent Full-time Student) to work out if you're studying full-time or part-time.
Changing from full-time to part-time study
If you've changed from full-time to part-time study, your Student Allowance or living costs payments from the Student Loan will stop. If you’re studying more than 1 course, we may be able to join the EFTS together to make you full-time.
If you're studying studying part-time for a good reason you may be able to keep getting these payments.
If you can't keep getting these payments, you may be able to get other help with:
- accommodation costs
- health and disability costs.
You may also be able to get some help from Work and Income
If you're getting a Student Allowance or Student Loan and you drop some papers, it could affect when you can get another one in the future.
There's also a limit to how long you can get a Student Allowance for and how many Student Loans you can get in your lifetime.