How do I leave for with no penalties.

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How do I leave for with no penalties.

Postby Wrangle » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:51 pm

Is it possible to permanently leave the scholarship program without penalty for medical reasons?

Has anyone else faced severe medical problems in this scholarship? How did SMART handle the situation?

Re: How do I leave for with no penalties.

Postby Sisyphus » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:40 pm

If you leave under any circumstances of your own volition you'll be put through the collections process.

The current process will sooner or later start with a letter detailing how much you owe and the procedures for payment, requesting a review (to dismiss the debt as invalid/not your fault) and a waiver (to dispute the morality essentially of the collection should it be judged valid). If you're demonstrably physically/psychologically unable to obtain your funded degree you might have a shot at a winning the review, but I've never seen this circumstance before so I could only speculate.

Maybe this could be avoided by discussing your health issues with the SPO ahead of time and permitted to leave, but that's again a scenario I've never seen before.

But I do feel confident in saying that if you just leave the program with anything other than the SPO's explicit blessing that they won't come after you...they'll come after you for the money sooner or later.
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