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You'll be required to pay the tuition fees for all, or part, of the year you're in. Student Finance will assess your financial situation and send you details of both the loan amounts available to you and those you'll have to pay back. How much you'll be charged will depend on when in the academic year you've decided to leave, calculated as follows:
• If you leave in the first term you will be charged 25% of the tuition fees for that academic year.
• If you withdraw in the second term, you'll be charged 50%.
• If you leave in the third term you'll be accountable for 100% of the tuition fees for the year.
Even if you decide to leave halfway through a term, you'll be responsible for the entirety of its fees. You'll be expected to repay the debts you've accumulated in the same way a graduate would - from the April after you leave university, if you're earning at least £21,000.
Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that 26,000 students in England who began studying for their first degree in 2015 did not make it beyond the first year.
The figures, which are the most recent available, reveal that in 2015-16 6.4% of home students starting a full-time first degree course in England quit before starting their second year, continuing an upward year-on-year trend from 5.7% in 2011-12.
You're not alone, lad. Speak to someone. CAB would be a good start.