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Eligibility for Student Finance for UK Students

Eligibility for Student Finance for UK Students

Whether your eligibility for student finance depends on:

  • your university or college
  • if you have already completed a higher education course
  • age
  • your nationality or residency status
  • your course
  1. Your university or college

This should be a university, college, or other educational institution that provides a qualifying course.

  1. If you have already completed a higher education course

If you’ve studied before

You may be eligible for student finance if your course is in the UK and one of the following:

  • a Foundation Degree
  • a first degree, for example, BA, BSc or BEd
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Certificate of Higher Education
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • an integrated master’s degree
  • an Initial Teacher Training course
  • a pre-registration postgraduate healthcare course

If you’re studying part-time

To be eligible for student aid, your course must have a ‘course intensity’ of 25% or above.

If your courses is in the UK and you meet one of the following criteria, you may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan:

  • a Foundation Degree
  • a first degree, for example, BA, BSc or BEd
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Certificate of Higher Education
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • an integrated master’s degree
  • an Initial Teacher Training course

If your course is in the UK and you meet one of the following criteria, you may be eligible for a Maintenance Loan:

  • an Initial Teacher Training course (if it’s degree level or above)
  • a first degree, for example BA, BSc/BEd
  • a Foundation Degree in dental hygiene & dental therapy
  • an integrated master’s degree
  • a DipHE in dental hygiene & dental therapy or operating department practice

If you’re taking a Degree Apprenticeship, you won’t be eligible for student loans.

If you’ve studied before

Even if your previous degree was self-funded, you’ll normally only be eligible for student aid if you’re pursuing your first higher education certification. In specific circumstances and for particular courses, you may still be eligible for limited support.

If you changed course, stopped your studies, or are repeating a year

If you leave your course before the first year is up, you’ll be eligible for financing for the same or a different program when you return.

You might also get funding if you:

  • You suspended or withdrew from your course before it concluded, and now you can enroll in any course you want.
  • are returning to the same university, college, or institution to repeat a year of your course.

You can figure out how much you’ll get by adding one year to the entire number of years in the course you’re applying for. Then subtract the number of years you spent studying. If you studied for a portion of a year, you should count it as if you had studied for the entire year.

Example

If you are applying for a 3-year course and have studied 5 months of a different course, you’ll get 3 years of funding.

If you are applying for a 4-year course and have studied 2 years of a different course, you’ll get 3 years of funding.

If you already have a degree

In rare instances, you may be eligible for restricted funding.

If you’re ‘adding up’ a higher education certificate, such as an HNC, HND, or Foundation Degree, and now wish to pursue an Honours degree, you may be eligible for restricted assistance.

If you have an Honours degree or a higher level of qualification and are starting a new program, you may be eligible for restricted support. This could be a part-time Honours degree, a Joint Honours degree, or an Integrated Master’s degree in one (or two if it’s a joint Honours degree) of the following fields:

  • agriculture and related subjects
  • biological sciences
  • architecture (if it’s a March RIBA Part 2 course)
  • computer science
  • medicine and allied subjects
  • mathematical sciences
  • technologies
  • physical sciences
  • courses leading to qualification as a veterinary surgeon

If you start a healthcare course on or after August 1, 2017, you may be eligible.

  1. Your age

There’s no upper age limit for Tuition Fee Loans or grants. Age is important for Eligibility for Student Finance.

If you’re 60 or over

You may get limited funding for Maintenance Loans if all of the following apply:

  • you’re 60 / over on the first day of the first academic year
  • you’re studying full-time
  •  the course started on or after 1 August 2016

The amount you can apply for depends on your household income.

  1. Your nationality or residency status

You may be able to get help with:

  • your tuition fees and living costs (full support)
  • your tuition fees

The type of help you can get depends on your nationality and residency status.

When you’re eligible for full support

  • You’re a British or Irish national, or you have’settled status’ in the UK or Ireland (no restrictions on how long you can stay)
  • you normally live in England
  • Apart from temporary absences such as vacations, you’ve lived legally in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man for three years prior to the start of your degree.

You may be eligible for full support if you’re a UK national (or family member of a UK national) who both:

  • Was a resident of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein on December 31, 2021, or had returned to the UK from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein by December 31, 2020.
  • Has spent the previous three years in the United Kingdom, the European Union, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein

Important are Eligibility for Student Finance

You may also be eligible if your residency status is one of the following:

  • refugee (including family members)
  • humanitarian protection (including family members)
  • migrant worker or frontier worker from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (including family members) with settled or pre-settled status
  • child of a Swiss national and you and your parent have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • child of a Turkish worker who has permission to stay in the UK – you and your Turkish worker parent must have been living in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • a stateless person (including family members)
  • an unaccompanied child granted ‘Section 67 leave’ under the Dubs Amendment
  • a child who is under the protection of someone granted ‘Section 67 leave’, who is also allowed to stay in the UK for the same period of time as the person responsible for them (known as ‘leave in line’)
  • granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain
  • a child of someone granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain, who is also allowed to stay in the UK for the same period of time as their parent (known as ‘leave in line’)
  • you’ve been given settled status (‘indefinite leave to remain’) because you’ve been the victim of domestic violence
  • you’ve been given settled status (‘indefinite leave to remain’) as a bereaved partner
  • you or your family member have been granted leave under the Afghan Relocations & Assistance Policy (ARAP) or the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS)

You could also be eligible if you’re not a UK national and are either:

  • under 18 and have lived in the UK for at least 7 years
  • 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of your life)

You must have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 continuous years before the first day of  course Eligibility for Student Finance.

When you can apply for help with your tuition fees

You can apply for tuition fee funding if you’ve been living in the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the EU Norway or Switzerland for the past 3 years & you have one of the following:

  • pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme & you’re an EU national or the family member of an EU national
  • Irish citizenship

You may also be eligible for tuition fee funding and Eligibility for Student Finance if either of the following apply to you:

  • you’ve lived in Gibraltar or the other British Overseas Territories
  • you’re the family member of a person with settled status & you’ve lived in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for the past 3 years

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