Thinking of leaving?

If your circumstances change and you are thinking about whether to continue your studies, make contact with a member of staff to discuss your options. Talk to anyone you feel comfortable approaching- you can telephone or email if you’d rather not meet face to face.

If you’ve already decided to leave UHI you must discuss this with your PAT or another member or staff who can process your withdrawal for you. Please do this as soon as you can to avoid incurring any financial penalties.

What are the options?

  • Support to help you continue
    UHI staff can discuss the available support that can help you continue. For example: study skills advice, assistive technologies, funding.
  • Change of course or mode of study
    You may want to keep studying and transfer to another course, either at the same UHI campus or another. You may want to change from full time to part-time study.
  • Temporary withdrawal / suspension of studies
    A period of time out from study may be appropriate, allowing you to return at a later date.
  • Permanent withdrawal
    Where you come to a decision that study is not right for you just now and you cannot see yourself returning then you may wish to permanently withdraw. This does not prevent you from applying to study at UHI in the future.

Withdrawal Procedure

Financial implications

If you withdraw from study part way through the academic year, be aware of the financial implications. If you’re sure about your decision, it is generally better to withdraw earlier to avoid any financial penalties. 

If your employer or another sponsor assists with your fees, you should also let them know of your plans at the earliest opportunity. 


Self-financing students may be eligible for a refund if they withdraw part way through the year.

See your local Academic Partnerfor details

SAAS-funded students withdrawing after 01 December will be eligible for less funding in the future, should they decide to take up another HE course.

See the SAAS website for more details.

Student Loans, Discretionary and Childcare Funds

Depending on how many instalments you have received, you may be required to repay part, or all, of the loan amount.

See your local Academic Partner for details

Other support

If you are considering permanently withdrawing from your course, you may wish to discuss your career options with someone.  The Careers and Employability Centre have impartial staff who are happy to discuss your options with you. 

Students using one of our student halls in association with Cityheart should check with the accommodation provider regarding any potential implications of leaving the course early.