What is deregistration?
Deregistration means you are no longer a student of QMUL and as a result, will not be able to continue your programme of study – this means you cannot use any university facilities, attend classes, or sit examinations. The ‘failure to pay’ section of the university’s Tuition Fee Regulations explains the deregistration procedure.
When does deregistration happen?
If you do not pay your tuition fees by the stated deadline, you will normally be deregistered from QMUL. As stated in the Tuition Fees section of this advice guide, this is normally 31st January for students who start in the autumn or 30th April for those who commence in January.
Once the payment deadline has passed, if you still owe tuition fees you will receive a letter from QMUL giving a further deadline to clear the outstanding balance within 10 days. If you fail to do this, you will normally be deregistered.
You may also be deregistered for other reasons during the academic year, for example for non- attendance on your programme of study. However, deregistration would generally be the final option, after your academic school had exhausted all possible options to help you engage with your studies.
How can I get reinstated on to my programme of study?
If you have been deregistered for non-payment of tuition fees, you will have to pay your outstanding tuition fees and an administrative charge of £250 by 31st July of the same year you have been deregistered in order to be reinstated onto your course. If you do this, you will normally be able to resume your studies at QMUL but no earlier than 12 months following your date of deregistration. If you cannot pay your outstanding balance plus £250 by 31st July, you cannot normally be reinstated at QMUL.
Under the current tuition fee regulations, if you are able to pay your outstanding balance plus £250 by 31st July, when you return to complete the academic year in which you were deregistered, you will have no further tuition fee to pay for that academic year. This is not the case for students returning to study following an interruption - see the Tuition Fees section of this advice guide.
Can I appeal or make a complaint about being deregistered?
Yes, you may appeal the decision to deregister you. The letter you receive informing you that you have been deregistered should explain that you have a right of appeal against your deregistration. If you decide you want to appeal, you must do so within 14 days of the date stated on that letter. As deregistration relates to progression on your programme of study, you need to submit an appeal and not a complaint. However, if you are not looking to reverse the deregistration decision, but wish to complain about other matters you could consider making a complaint. You must submit your complaint within 3 months of the date stated on your deregistration letter.
To find out how to make an appeal or complaint, see the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Office webpages.
Before you submit your appeal or complaint, it may be useful for you to take independent advice from the Academic Advice manager Annie Mitchell in the Students Union.
How will I financially support myself?
Once you are deregistered, you would no longer be a student, so you would usually be expected to self-fund, for example through working. You should also be eligible to claim certain welfare benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance or Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, if you meet the main eligibility rules for claiming.
However, if you are then re-instated at QMUL following payment of any outstanding tuition fees and you resume your full-time student status, you would become ineligible to claim welfare benefits, unless you fall into one of the groups of students who can claim benefits despite being a full-time student, such as a lone parent, or a student with a disability or ongoing ill health.
If you have been deregistered from a part-time course, you would continue to be eligible for welfare benefits provided you met the main eligibility rules for claiming. See the Welfare benefits section of this advice guide for more information.
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