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The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2015

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Period of eligibility

89.—(1) A student’s status as an eligible part-time student is retained in connection with a designated part-time course until that status terminates in accordance with this regulation or regulation 86.

(2) The period for which an eligible part-time student retains the status referred to in paragraph (1) is the “period of eligibility” (“cyfnod cymhwystra”).

(3) Subject to the following paragraphs and regulation 86, the period of eligibility terminates at the end of the academic year in which the eligible part-time student completes the eligible part-time student’s designated part-time course.

(4) The period of eligibility terminates when the eligible part-time student (“A” in this paragraph)—

(a)withdraws from A’s designated part-time course in circumstances where the Welsh Ministers have not transferred or converted or will not transfer or convert A’s status under regulation 107 or 108; or

(b)abandons or is expelled from A’s designated part-time course.

(5) The period of eligibility terminates at the end of the academic year during or at the end of which it becomes impossible for the eligible part-time student to complete the designated part-time course within the period specified in regulation 88(1)(c) even if the eligible part-time student increases the eligible part-time student’s intensity of study.

(6) The Welsh Ministers may terminate the period of eligibility where the eligible part-time student (“A” in this paragraph) has in the opinion of the Welsh Ministers shown by A’s conduct that A is unfitted to receive support under this Part.

(7) If the Welsh Ministers are satisfied that an eligible part-time student has failed to comply with any requirement to provide information under this Part or has provided information which is inaccurate in a material particular, the Welsh Ministers may take such of the following actions as they consider appropriate in the circumstances—

(a)terminate the period of eligibility;

(b)determine that the student no longer qualifies for any particular support or particular amount of support under this Part;

(c)treat any support paid to the student as an overpayment which may be recovered under regulation 114.

(8) Where the period of eligibility terminates—

(a)before the end of the academic year in which the eligible part-time student completes the designated part-time course; and

(b)otherwise than under paragraph (5),

the Welsh Ministers may, at any time, renew, or extend the period of eligibility for such period as they determine.

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