What are Compelling Personal Reasons (CPR)?

If it takes you longer than expected to finish your course and you have exceptional circumstances your funding body might give you additional years of funding. You’ll need to write a letter to explain your circumstances and provide supporting evidence. Additional funding is at the discretion of your funding body.

What is classed as CPR?

If your studies have been adversely affected by something out of your control you can claim for CPR. CPR can be:

  • serious illness or injury
  • a family crisis
  • mental health conditions

This list is not exhaustive and your funding body will consider all applications.

Why is it important?

If it has taken you longer than expected to complete your course you may not get a tuition fee loan in one of your years of study. If you’ve had to withdraw or repeat because of compelling personal reasons you may get a tuition fee loan when you otherwise wouldn’t.

How do I apply?

You’ll need to write to your funding body giving your name and customer reference number and outline which academic year this relates to.  You should send this as soon as you realise it will take you longer to complete your course than expected.

The letter should outline your extenuating personal circumstances and how this affected your studies. You can give as much or as little information as you’re comfortable with, but your funding body may ask for more information if they can’t make a decision.

You need to attach evidence to support your application.  This can be:

  • a GP letter confirming your diagnosis and how this affects you
  • a letter from social services
  • a supporting letter from a member of staff at the University who is fully aware of your situation and can indicate how this affected your studies

The above list is not exhaustive. You may wish to provide other types of evidence.

Can I get help applying?

For help putting together your letter and evidence please speak to the Student Advice Centre (SAC) in the Students’ Union.

When will I hear back?

You’ll usually receive a decision within 6 weeks of your funding body receiving evidence from you. They should send a letter to the ‘letters & emails’ section of your online student finance account and by post.

What if I’m rejected for CPR?

If you’re unsuccessful you may need to self-fund your tuition fees for the year. You’ll need to think about your options and what is financially viable to you. You may make an appeal, but it can take 6 weeks for this to be processed. CPR funding is at the discretion of SFE and isn’t guaranteed. The SAC may be able to help with you putting together your appeal.