First year college students have by now settled into college life. At this point, students will have a good overview of their college course and know the areas they like and dislike. Often students begin to question whether they have chosen the correct course and begin to become quite apprehensive about continuing with studies. Continuing with a course that they believe they will not complete is a very costly exercise.
If a student is concerned that they have not chosen the correct course, they must make contact with a career advisor at the college or an independent one immediately. Such advisors can offer support to the student and seek to resolve whatever issues are giving rise to their feelings with regards to withdrawing from studies.
If a student has made the decision to leave their chosen course, then they have to be aware of all the implications of withdrawing. Such implications include:
Fee liability – Once initial registration takes place, the college is paid half a students’ annual tuition fee by the government. The second half is paid at the end of January. If a student decides to withdraw from studies after registration but before January then they forfeit half their annual tuition fee and in most cases will not be paid a second time by the government if they later return to college. If a student formally leaves college after the end of January then they forfeited the entire annual tuition fee. Thus, if they return to college at a later stage then will be liable for tuition fees plus charges for the duration of time spent on their course. It is also important for students to bear in mind that if they withdraw from studies for reasons other than exceptional circumstances then they will not be eligible for the Third Level Grant for their repeat year.
Accommodation – There are numerous possible financial implications, such as losing your accommodation deposit and being liable for breaking a lease or contract.
There are other implications also to consider. Withdrawing from studies is not a step that should be taken lightly. It is imperative that a student who is considering withdrawing from studies seeks advice and support regardless whether the issues are academic, personal or financial.
For further information and advice on all educational issues, contact Clodagh Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.