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2.2 Understanding academic years

Your academic year

This is determined by your course start date. If you apply for funding for the incorrect academic year it could delay your student finance.

How to work out your academic year

The academic year which applies to you depends on your course start date.

If your course starts between: Your academic year is:
1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019 2018 to 2019
1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018 2017 to 2018
1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017 2016 to 2017

Your university or college will be able to confirm your academic year if you don't know it.

Academic year start and end dates

For the majority of students, each academic year will run from 1 September to 31 August - however there are 4 official start dates in each academic year with each lasting 12 months.

You can find the one which applies to you based your course start date.

If your course starts between: Your academic year will run from:
1 August and 31 December 1 September to 31 August
1 January and 31 March 1 January to 31 December
1 April and 30 June 1 April to 31 March
1 July and 31 July 1 July to 30 June

Your university or college will be able to confirm your course start date if you don't know it.

Open University

The Open University provides a flexible approach to study with numerous start dates available. Therefore, knowing which academic year your course falls under is especially important before you complete and return any forms. If you’re unsure about which form to complete, speak to your university or college.

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