EU undergraduate funding

Funding and Student Finance information for undergraduate students from the EU.

Funding for tuition fees and living expenses

Funding for tuition fees for full-time students

If you satisfy the residency requirements as an EU student for fee purposes, you will be charged the same rate of fees and receive the same level of fee support as a UK resident student. If you are unsure of the residency requirements, please refer to our definitions for determining fee status.

Funding for tuition fees for part-time students

If you satisfy the residency requirements as an EU student for fee purposes, then you will be charged the same rate of fees for your part-time programme as a UK resident student. If you are unsure of the residency requirements, please refer to our definitions for determining fee status.

The tuition fees charged for part-time courses depends on the number of credits you study each academic year. Tuition fees for most part-time courses are charged on a pro-rata basis, so 50% of a full-time course would cost £4,625 per academic year.

If you already have an honours degree, you won't qualify for financial support from Student Finance England unless you are studying a part-time course in one of the STEM subjects including Engineering, Technology or Computer Science. Find out more about Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ).

If you have other previous study but have not achieved the qualification this could affect the number of years funding you are entitled to. Please contact a Money Adviser or your funding body to find out how this may affect you.

To qualify for funding, you'll need to register on a designated part-time course that is equivalent to at least 25% of a full-time degree course (30 credits or more), and you'll need to be classified as a Home (UK) or EU resident student. View full eligibility criteria.

You can apply for a non means-tested loan of up to £6,935 each year. You can choose to borrow a lesser amount (or none). The fee loan is paid directly to the University.

Funding for living expenses

If you meet certain residency requirements, your fee status may be 'home' (or UK resident) rather than EU. This means that you may get funding for your living costs on top of the financial help for your fees described above. That funding may come from Student Finance or the University.

See the UKCISA website for further information.

Student finance for EEA/Swiss nationals living and working in England

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Category 1 – long residence in the UK

If you are an EU national resident in England and you have lived in the UK for the five years before the first year of your course starts, you may be eligible for financial support for your living costs. Please see the UKCISA pages to determine your entitlement to this support.

If you are an EU national resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and you have lived in the UK for the three years before the first year of your course starts, you may be eligible for financial support for your living costs. Please see the UKCISA pages or visit the Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland websites for full guidance.

The relevant date is 1 September if you start the first year of your course in the autumn term. If you have only been in the UK studying full time, then you must have been living in the EEA immediately before coming to the UK.

Evidence of eligibility

Funding organisations will request documentary confirmation of your status. For Category 2, the evidence required is of five years' residence in the UK, or three years' residence if you are resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. This can include wage slips, contracts of employment or worker registration details. As much of the living cost support is income assessed, they may also request documents confirming your household income.

Category 2 – migrant worker status or child/spouse/civil partner of migrant worker

If you are a non-UK EEA National, or a Swiss national who is in the UK as a worker, or the relevant family member of such a worker then you may qualify for living costs support under migrant worker status. You must meet all of the below criteria:

  • a non-UK EEA national, or a Swiss National and resident in the UK as a worker or the relevant family member of such a worker
  • you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the relevant date* (unless you are an EEA/Swiss frontier worker or relevant family member of a frontier worker)
  • you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the relevant date*.

*The relevant date is 1 September if you start the first year of your course in the autumn term.

If you are successful with migrant worker status then there may/may not be obligations for you to continue working whilst studying:

A. If you have been working in the UK in employment that is linked to your programme of study, you will need to provide evidence of this to your funding body. This will mean that you do not need to work throughout your course.

B. If your work is not linked to your programme of study, you will need to work throughout your course in order to qualify for living cost support. If you lose your job during your course, you will lose entitlement to your living cost funding until you resume working.

  • You need to provide evidence of your employment to either Student Finance or the NHSBSA. You can apply as a migrant worker before your studies start or during your course.
  • You will need to work a minimum of ten hours per week throughout your study in order to maintain your migrant worker status throughout the course.

If you are anticipating receiving financial support under this category, please check the government rules under the 'worker' section and read UKCISA guidance. This is a complex area, so we recommend you seek advice before starting your studies if you plan to meet this status. There are certain dates that the status needs to meet by in order to receive both the tuition fee loan and maintenance loan.

If you have queries about the evidence that you will need to provide, contact the UWE Bristol Money Advice and Funds Service.

Evidence of eligibility

Funding organisations will request documentary confirmation of your status. For Category 2, the evidence required is of three years' residence in the UK or EU and evidence of your (or your family’s) migrant worker status. This can include wage slips, contracts of employment or worker registration details. As much of the living cost support is income assessed, they may also request documents confirming your household income.

Repayment

See further information on how and when to repay your loan on the Gov.uk website.

Repayment details

How to apply

For information on fee support available for new  students, please see the Student Finance England web pages, which also provides information specific to EU students.

You can access the tuition fee loan application form on Gov.uk.