EU undergraduate funding

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

Student Finance for EU nationals

Please note: The regulations for Student Finance England (SFE) funding for courses starting in autumn 2021 or later are now available.

For details about the forthcoming changes Gov.uk have published information on studying in the UK guidance for EU students

The information that follows is based on guidance released so far by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and Gov.uk. This information is subject to change. 

Change in rules following Brexit

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the rules for EU nationals have changed. What you may be eligible for from student finance will depend on whether you are a new or continuing student.

For new students, if you have citizens’ rights under the EU withdrawal agreement, and hold either ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status following an application under the EU Settlement Scheme (or if you are an Irish citizen covered by the Common Travel Area arrangement) and are starting a course on or after Sunday 1 August 2021, see below for what funding may be available to you from student finance.

Continuing students

These changes will not affect students starting courses on or before 31 July 2021 (the 2020/21 academic year). If you are already eligible under the current system, you will remain eligible under the current system for the duration of your course. If you have completed your course and are considering further or new study do seek advice.

If you secured your place during the 2020/21 academic year but deferred your start until the following year, the rules governing the 2021/22 entry will apply to you. This also applies if you wish to undertake a separate follow-on course.

EU, EEA and Swiss national students and their eligible family members will continue to be eligible for student support, irrespective of how long the course lasts or if you transfer course (unless you change your mode of attendance, such as transferring from a full-time to a part-time course).

For announcements made by Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency for Scotland and Student Finance Northern Ireland visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

New students

New students arriving after 31 December 2020 – without 'settled'/'pre-settled' status

If you were not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 you will usually be unable to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. In such cases you will need to apply for a visa.  

View details explaining immigration permissions, deadlines and new requirements.

If you do not have citizens' rights under the withdrawal agreement or hold ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status, you will not be eligible for home fee status or funding.

New students with ‘settled’ status

Those who have been granted ‘settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will generally be eligible for home fee status, tuition fee and maintenance support if they meet the conditions below.

Irish citizens are automatically treated as ‘settled’ in the UK and do not need to apply to the EUSS to benefit from these rights.

It is important to note that alongside holding a status from the EUSS there are additional requirements that need to be met.

In addition to holding ‘settled’ status you must be:

  • ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years prior to the start of the course*, and
  • be ordinarily resident in the home domicile on the first day of the first academic year of your course** .

If you hold ‘settled’ status and meet all of the above you can apply for full student support. Student Finance England will ask you to provide evidence in order to be awarded undergraduate or postgraduate financial support.

New students with 'pre-settled' status

EU nationals, and their family members, will generally be eligible for home fee status and awarded tuition fee support by the SLC where the student has ‘pre-settled’ status and has three years’ residence in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland (unless that residence was wholly or mainly for the purpose of education).

If you hold ‘pre-settled’ status the student funding you may be eligible for differs depending on where you study and your funding provider. Students with ‘pre-settled’ status, studying in England, will be eligible to apply for tuition fee support and postgraduate loans from Student Finance England.

You must be ordinarily resident in either the UK, EU or EEA for the three-year period prior to the first day of your course.*

EU nationals granted ‘pre-settled’ status will be eligible to apply for maintenance and tuition fee support from Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland, provided that alongside this status, they are ordinarily resident in Wales or Northern Ireland on the first day of their course and have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years up to this date.*

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*the three-year period prior to the first day of your course. This refers to three years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course, which for September starters is classed as 1 September.

**(the first academic year of your course, which refers to 1 September for September starting courses)

Family members

The rules regarding family member eligibility can be complex, so please contact a UWE Bristol Money Adviser for advice.

Migrant Workers

The Migrant Worker eligibility category and home fee status that currently exists will be removed for those who start courses in academic year 2021 unless you have been granted ‘pre-settled’ status.

If you have 'pre-settled’ status and meet the conditions below, you may qualify for tuition fee and maintenance support under the migrant worker route. Under this category you may receive full funding providing you continue to meet the requirements of this status throughout your studies.

To meet this category, you must

  • have ‘pre-settled’ status
  • meet the definition of ‘worker’ in the UK (or be the relevant family member of an EEA Worker)
  • be ordinarily resident in England on the 1st day of the first academic year of your course (the first academic year of your course, which refers to 1 September for September starting courses.)
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA or Switzerland for the three years prior to the first day of your course (the three-year period prior to the first day of your course. This refers to three years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course, which for September starters is classed as 1 September.).

Student finance will ask for financial evidence to confirm you are working, have worked or are looking for work, for example P60 or a letter from an employer.

Other qualifying categories

There are other qualifying categories (including frontier workers, overseas territories and UK nationals outside of the UK for example) and it is important to check all the qualifying categories when reviewing your funding entitlements. Further details can be found at UKCISA and student finance eligibility for the 2021 to 2022 academic year

You should contact your funding body to check eligibility for support if you’re studying in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

'Pre-settled' to 'settled' status

If you have ‘pre-settled’ status and become eligible for 'settled' status you can apply to have your status changed

If this happens student finance can consider this change as an ‘event’ and re-assess your funding entitlements. In some cases, this may result in eligibility for both maintenance and tuition fee support. Seek advice from a UWE Bristol Money Adviser if you change status during a course. 

Irish nationals

Irish citizens are automatically treated as settled in the UK and do not need to apply to the EUSS to benefit from these rights.

Irish citizens that have resided in the UK and Islands for three years prior to the start of the course are eligible for home fee status, maintenance and tuition fee support.

Irish citizens that have resided in the UK for less than three years but have resided between the UK and islands and Republic of Ireland, for three years prior to the start of the course are eligible for home fee status and tuition fee support.

The family members of Irish citizens will be eligible for home fee status and tuition fee support where the family member has been granted ‘pre-settled’ status. They will be eligible for maintenance and tuition fee support if they have ‘settled’ status and meet the ordinary UK residency requirements.

The family members of the People of Northern Ireland will be eligible for home fee status and tuition fee support where the family member has been granted 'pre-settled’ status. The family member must be ordinarily resident in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of the course. The people of Northern Ireland must be British, Irish or have dual citizenship at the time of the family members Settlement Scheme application.

Information for your application

Student finance will require the following information as part of your application.

Irish citizen living in the UK or the Republic of Ireland

If you are an Irish citizen living in the UK or the Republic of Ireland you’ll need:

  • evidence of your Irish nationality
  • evidence that you have lived in the UK, Islands or Ireland for at least the last three years before your course starts.

Migrant worker with 'pre-settled’ status

If you are a migrant worker with 'pre-settled’ status you’ll need:

  • evidence of pre-’settled’ status
  • evidence of your identity
  • evidence that you are working
  • evidence that you have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland for at least the last three years before your course starts.

You will also need the date you were granted ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. Once the Home Office have completed the EU Settlement Scheme application, you will be issued with instructions to generate an EU share code that remains valid for 30 days. Student finance will require a valid EU share code. If your code expires during the application process, prior to being validated by SLC, it may be necessary to obtain a second valid code to fully assess your application. Student Finance may need you to digitally upload a copy of your initial EUSS status letter and the EU share code that they will verify directly with the Home Office. View more information about how to obtain a valid share code.

EU national with 'pre-settled’ status

If you are an EU national with 'pre-settled’ status you’ll need:

  • evidence of your 'pre-settled’ status
  • evidence of your identity
  • evidence that you have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland for at least the last three years before your course starts.

You will also need the date you were granted ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. Once the Home Office have completed the EU Settlement Scheme application, you will be issued with instructions to generate an EU share code that remains valid for 30 days. Student finance will require a valid EU share code. If your code expires during the application process, prior to being validated by SLC, it may be necessary to obtain a second valid code to fully assess your application. Student Finance may need you to digitally upload a copy of your initial EUSS status letter and the EU share code that they will verify directly with the Home Office. View more information about how to obtain a valid share code.

‘Settled’ status

If you are someone with ‘settled’ status under the EUSS you’ll need:

  • evidence of your ‘settled’ status 
  • evidence that you have lived in the UK or Islands for at least the last three years before your course starts.

You will also need the date you were granted ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. Once the Home Office have completed the EU Settlement Scheme application, you will be issued with instructions to generate an EU share code that remains valid for 30 days. Student finance will require a valid EU share code. If your code expires during the application process, prior to being validated by SLC, it may be necessary to obtain a second valid code to fully assess your application. Student Finance may need you to digitally upload a copy of your initial EUSS status letter and the EU share code that they will verify directly with the Home Office. View more information about how to obtain a valid share code.