Government Student Support

Last modified: 25 August 2016

Student Support is the name given to financial support provided by the Government to eligible students in the UK.

Student Support is not considered as one of the 'public funds', as defined in the Immigration Rules (paragraph 6). Therefore, a student with UK immigration permission containing a condition stating "no recourse to public funds" would not be in breach of that condition by applying for, and receiving, Student Support.

Basics

Last modified: 17 August 2016

Government Student Support provision exists in each of the four UK countries, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The rules about eligibility for Student Support are broadly similar in each case. However, there are some significant differences between each country, and the type/level of financial support available varies.

You apply for support from the government of the UK country in which you normally reside; this may be different from the country you choose to study in.

After eligibility has been established, the relevant authority will assess your income to calculate the level of support to which you are entitled. We cannot describe the calculations used to assess levels of support; information on this is contained in guidance issued by the relevant government department or agency.

Certain courses attract additional help or alternative support. If you are in financial hardship, and you are eligible for Student Support, you might be able to apply for further help through your institution. They can access additional Government support such as Access to Learning Funds (England), Discretionary Funds (Scotland), Financial Contingency Funds (Wales), and Support Funds (Northern Ireland).

The Student Support package also includes extra grants for students with particular needs, for example disabled students and those with dependants.

Eligible courses

Last modified: 02 December 2015

Student Support is only available if you are studying on a designated course, namely:

  • undergraduate degree;
  • Higher National Diploma (HND);
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC);
  • Diploma of Higher Education;
  • a teacher training course.

In Scotland only, Student Support is also available for

  • Certificate in Higher Education
  • Diploma, or Advance Diploma

All of the above are higher education courses. If you are studying on a further education course, check with your institution whether any funding is available - for example, Further Education Awards or Educational Maintenance Allowance or Discretionary Learner Support.

You may not be eligible if you have previously received Student Support (or a mandatory award) to study a higher education course. The same applies if you have already studied a course at the same or lower level, including qualifications you have obtained in other countries. Read more information about the 'equivalent or lower qualification' policy (for England-only) at the HEFCE website

NHS bursaries

Last modified: 17 August 2016

Admission on a NHS-funded course (for example, Nursing or Midwifery) can depend very much on whether you will be granted a NHS Bursary. The requirements are similar to the general Student Support eligibility requirements but please check your eligibility carefully before you apply for an Access to Nursing course or a NHS-funded degree course.

There are only very limited opportunities for self-funded applicants to study Nursing and Midwifery in UK Higher Education. Apart from these, it is very unlikely that any institution will be able to consider applicants who are not eligible for a NHS bursary. If you do wish to follow such a course as a full fee-paying student, check with the institution in advance if they accept fee-paying students onto the course.

Unlike Student Support arrangements for most other courses, you apply for a NHS bursary to the country in the UK where you are studying, even if it is different from the country in the UK where you normally live.

See the NHS bursary information for England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Incorrectly refused, and those not eligible

Last modified: 17 August 2016

How to challenge an incorrect refusal of Student Support

You should ask for the reasons for the refusal in writing. You should then follow the appeals procedure; this will usually firstly involve telephoning, or writing to, the official who informed you of the refusal. You should explain why you think the decision is wrong.

If you are still not satisfied, you can appeal against the decision but first you should speak to an adviser at your institution, your Students' Union, or on our Student Advice Line.

Read our information on how to challenge an incorrect refusal if you are an EEA migrant worker, or family member of such a person (select 'Application').

Not eligible for Student Support

If you are not eligible for Government Student Support, you may wish to read our information about scholarships and funding your studies, as well as how to manage the cost of living in the UK. 

If you did not originally think you would need financial support, but you have now experienced a change in your financial circumstances, you should read our information about unexpected financial hardship.

Applying in England: Basics

Last modified: 17 August 2016

Applying in England: Who is entitled?

Last modified: 10 June 2016

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are entitled. If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to Student Support, or if you need further information, check your situation with an adviser at your institution, your Students' Union or our Students' Advice Line.


1: Settled status and living in the UK and Islands

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be settled in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) on the first day of the first academic year of the course you must be ordinarily resident in England; and

(c) you must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course, for example if your course begins in October 2016, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2016; and

(d) the main purpose for your residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period.

Notes:

  • It is not necessary to have had settled status in the UK for three years, eg you may have been ordinarily resident for three years but have been given indefinite leave to remain shortly before the first day of the first academic year of the course.
  • If you are granted settled status after the first day of the first academic year of your course, or if you can show three years' ordinary residence in the UK and Islands only after that date, you will not become eligible for Student Support. This is because you must meet all requirements of this category on the first day of the first academic year of your course. If you think you are going to be able to meet all the requirements after the first day of the first academic year of a course you have not yet started, you might want to consider deferring your place until a later date.

Students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

If you are in receipt of an award from your Island authority, you are treated differently as there is an agreement between the Island authorities and UK higher education institutions. If you are self-financing, seek advice.

 

2: EU nationals, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category only, you are eligible only for a loan to pay your tuition fees. To be eligible:

(a) on the first day of the first academic year of the course, you must be:    

  • an EU national; or
  • the relevant family member of a non-UK EU national, and that non-UK EU national is in the UK as a self-sufficient person or as a student;
  • the relevant family member of a UK national;

and

(b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(c) the main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three year period.

Notes:

  • If you become an EU national because your country joins the EU, you are treated as if you were an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, even if you started the course before your country joined the EU. The same applies if you are the family member of someone whose country of nationality joins the EU.
  • You do not have to be the family member of an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, although the EU national in your family must be an EU national on that date (unless the EU national's country joins the EU). If you become, or a relevant family member becomes, an EU national after the course has started, seek advice about whether you or your family member will become eligible for Student Support.

 

3: Non-UK EU nationals living in the UK and Islands

Depending on which conditions you satisfy under this category, you may be eligible for either full Student Support or only the loan for tuition fees. To be eligible:

(a) you must be an EU national, but not a UK national, on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) since 25 March 2016, and for an academic year starting on/after 1 August 2016 -

  1. for the grant/loan for tuition fees, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; or
  2. for full Student Support, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the five-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course (unless you made your application for Student Support, or have previously been assessed as eligible for support, before 25 March 2016, in which case you only need to have been ordinarily resident for a three-year period);

and

(d) if during any part of the period in (c) [above], the main purpose for your residence was to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to that period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

Notes:

  • There is a different provision at (c) [above] if you are applying for support for the remainder of 2015/16 academic year. Instead, to be eligible for full Student Support you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for a three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course. All other conditions, under (a), (b), and (d), must still be met.
  • If you become an EU national because your country joins the EU, you are treated as if you were an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, even if you started the course before your country joined the EU.
  • If you become an EU national after the start of your course because your country joins the EU, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

4: People with the right of permanent residence in the UK

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you have the right of permanent residence in the UK; and

(b) you are ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you were ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if your three-year residence in the UK and Islands was at any time mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to the three-year period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

Note: If you acquire the right of permanent residence after the start of your course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

5: Non-UK EEA and Swiss workers, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be:

and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of the course (unless you are an EEA/Swiss frontier worker or relevant family member of a frontier worker); and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Notes:

  • If you are the child of an EEA worker who is no longer working or living in the UK, you may still be entitled to Student Support if you have, at some point, lived in the UK as the child of that person whilst he/she exercised his/her right to reside as a worker (but not a self-employed worker). It does not matter if you are now over 21 and are no longer dependent on him/her. You should seek advice from your institution, from your Students' Union, or by telephoning our Students' Advice Line, if you would like to explore this option.
  • If you or a relevant family member become an EEA or Swiss migrant worker part-way through your course, you might become entitled to Student Support. You should seek advice on this, as above.

 

6: Settled status and exercised a right of residence in the EEA/Switzerland

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be settled in the UK; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the day on which the first term of the first academic year of your course actually begins; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in England and settled in the UK immediately before leaving the UK and exercising a right of residence (this means that, before leaving the UK, you must be either a UK national, or the family member of a UK national and you have settled status, or a person with the right of permanent residence, and you or your family member has been a worker or self-employed person, or a student or self-sufficient person somewhere in the EEA or Switzerland, other than the UK); and

(d) you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(e) if, during that three-year period, you were ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period (this does include time spent there in full-time education).

7: Child of a Swiss national

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be the child of a Swiss national. If you started your course on or after 1 August 2013, your Swiss parent(s) must be exercising their free movement rights in the UK (for example as a self-sufficient person, a worker, or a student);

and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if the main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland was wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period. It does not matter if your main reason for being there before that three-year period was in order to receive full-time education.

Note: Seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support if you become the child of a Swiss national after the start of your course, for example if:

  • you have a non-Swiss parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Swiss national; or
  • your parent is granted Swiss nationality.

 

8: Child of Turkish worker living in the EEA/Switzerland/Turkey

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be the child of a Turkish national and that Turkish national must be ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands and must be, or must have been, lawfully employed in the UK; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or Turkey for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Note: If you become the child of a Turkish worker after the start of your course, for example, if you have a parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Turkish worker, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

9: Refugees, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(b)

  • have been recognised as a refugee by the UK Government and have remained ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands since then; or
  • be the spouse / civil partner of such a refugee and have been in that relationship on the date on which he/she made his/her application for asylum; or
  • be the child of such a refugee, or the child of such a refugee's spouse / civil partner, and be able to show that on the date that refugee made his/her application for asylum, you were:
    • under 18 years of age; and
    • the refugee was your parent, or your parent's spouse / civil partner.

Notes:

  • If your permission to be in the UK has run out, you are still eligible for Student Support if you can show that you applied to extend or change your immigration status before your permission to be here expired, and you are still waiting for a decision on that application, or that you are in the process of appealing against a Home Office decision to refuse you further immigration permission.
  • If you are granted refugee status, or if your spouse or civil partner or parent is granted refugee status, after the start of your course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

10: People granted humanitarian protection, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) you must be:

  1. a "person granted humanitarian protection", which means a person:
    • who has been granted leave to remain in the UK under the Immigration Rules, on the grounds of 'humanitarian protection'; and
    • whose leave to remain is 'extant', or in respect of whose leave to remain an appeal is pending; and
    • who has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the period since being granted their humanitarian protection;

    or

  2. the spouse or civil partner of a "person granted humanitarian protection" (as above), and you must have been the spouse or civil partner of that person on the date on which they applied for asylum;
  3. or

  4. the child of a "person granted humanitarian protection" (as above), or a child of that person's spouse or civil partner, and, at the time the person granted humanitarian protection applied for asylum, you must have been under 18 years old and the child of that person or of someone who was the spouse or civil partner of that person on that date;

and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

Notes:

  • If the immigration permission of the "person granted humanitarian protection" has run out, he/she (or an appropriate family member of that person, as in (b)2. and (b)3. above) will still eligible for Student Support if that person:
    • applied to extend/change his/her immigration status before his/her permission to be here expired and a decision is still awaited on that application; or
    • is in the process of appealing against a Home Office decision to refuse further immigration permission.
  • If you are, or if your parent (or your parent's spouse or civil partner), or your own spouse or civil partner, is granted humanitarian protection after the start of the course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

11: Long Residence

This is a new category, which can be used for an academic year beginning on/after 1 August 2016. Read our news item if you would like to know more about why this category has been introduced. If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

On the first day of the first academic year of the course:

(a) you must be either:

(i) under the age of 18 and have lived in the United Kingdom throughout the seven-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; or

(ii) aged 18 years old or above and, preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course, have lived in the United Kingdom throughout either:

         (aa) half your life; or

         (bb) a period of twenty-years;

and 

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in England; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) your residence in the United Kingdom and Islands must not have been, during any part of the period referred to in paragraph (c), wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education [unless you are to be treated as having been ordinarily resident in the UK & Islands due to either you, or a relevant family member, having been temporarily employed outside the UK & Islands].

Note: The regulations which introduce this category come into force on 6 June 2016. In an email on 25 May 2016, a representative of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), confirmed that the "Student Loans Company (SLC) will be able to assess applications [...] after that date". The BIS representative added that students who "believe they may fall under the new ‘long residency’ category should apply through a paper application and clearly annotate their form to show they are applying under the new long residence category. It would also be helpful if [...] students who are asked by SLC to supply further evidence [...] do so as quickly as possible".

Just for Kids Law have a written two blogs about this new category, giving advice for people who are applying for the:

 

Applying in Scotland: Basics

Last modified: 02 December 2015

Applying in Scotland: Who is entitled?

Last modified: 18 May 2016

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are entitled. If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to Student Support, or if you need further information, check your situation with an adviser at your institution, your Students' Union or our Students' Advice Line.


1: Settled status and living in the UK and Islands

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be settled in the UK on the relevant date; and

b) on the relevant date you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland; and

c) you must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the relevant date (for example, if your course began October 2013, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2013); and

d) the main purpose for your residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period.

Students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

If you are in receipt of an award from your Island authority, you are treated differently as there is an agreement between the Island authorities and UK higher education institutions. If you are self-financing, seek advice.

2: EU nationals, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category only, you are eligible for help with your tuition fees. To be eligible:

a) you must be a non-UK EU national, or the family member of such a person; and

b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the area comprising the EEA, Switzerland and the EU overseas territories for three years before the relevant date; and

c) the main purpose for your residence in the EEA, Switzerland and the EU overseas territories must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three year period.

For the purposes of the residence conditions, any country that joins the EU is considered always to have been part of the EEA.

Note: If you become, or a relevant family member becomes, an EU national after your course has started, seek advice about whether you or your family member will become eligible for Student Support.

3: Non-UK EU nationals living in the UK and Islands, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) a non-UK EU national, or the family member of such a person; and

b) ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date; and

c) ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three-year period before the relevant date; and

d) if during any part of the three year period, the main purpose for your residence was to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to the 3-year period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

Notes:

  • A student who can be eligible under this category is, for example, a Latvian national who has spent four years in full-time education in the UK before starting a degree course. Although such a student's main reason for being in the UK might have been to receive full-time education, this student was ordinarily resident in the EEA (the student was in the UK) immediately before the three-year period of ordinary residence in the UK preceding the relevant date.
  • If you become an EU national, or the family member an EU national, after the start of your course, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

4: Those with the right of permanent residence in the UK

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you have the right of permanent residence in the UK; and

b) you are ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date; and

c) you were ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years before the relevant date; and

d) if your three-year residence in the UK and Islands was at any time mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to the three-year period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

If you acquire the right of permanent residence after the start of your course, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

5: Non-UK EEA and Swiss workers, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be an non-UK EEA/Swiss worker, or you must be the family member of such a worker; and

b) you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date (unless you are an EEA/Swiss frontier worker, or relevant family member of such a frontier worker); and

c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the relevant date.

Notes:

  • If you are the child of an EEA worker who is no longer working or living in the UK, you can still be eligible for Student Support if you came to the UK to accompany your EEA worker parent.
  • If you or your relevant family member becomes an EEA or Swiss worker part-way through your course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

6: Settled status and exercised a right of residence in the EEA and Switzerland

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be settled in the UK; and

b) you must have left the UK and exercised a right of residence in another EEA member state or Switzerland or, if you have the right of permanent residence, have gone to the country in the EEA or Switzerland of which you or your family member is a national.

Note: You have exercised a right of residence if you have been a worker, a self-employed person, a student or a self-sufficient person somewhere in the EEA or Switzerland, other than the UK;

and

c) if you are a UK national, you were ordinarily resident in Scotland immediately before exercising your right of residence elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland.

Note: If you satisfy this, there is an additional requirement that you were not in Scotland on this date mainly in order to receive full-time education and that your residence there on that date must not be attributable to, or connected with, any period of residence in Scotland mainly for full-time education within the immediately preceding three years;

and

d) you have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland for the three-year period before the relevant date. (If, during that three-year period, you were ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period.

Note: This is the category that entitles you to full Student Support if you are a British citizen or the family member of a British citizen if you have been living outside the UK but elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland. Family members of UK nationals do not have to have settled status in the UK, and family members who were born outside the UK are eligible for Student Support under this category. This means that you can qualify for Student Support under this category if:

  1. you are the family member of a UK national who has exercised a right of residence after having been settled in the UK; and
  2. you have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland for the three-year period before the relevant date; and
  3. if, during that three-year period, you were ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period (this does include time spent there in full-time education).

 

7: Child of a Swiss national

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be the child of a Swiss national

Note: There is no requirement that your Swiss parent is, or has been, economically active in the UK;

and

b) you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date; and

c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for the three-year period before the relevant date; and

d) if the main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland was wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period. It does not matter if your main reason for being there before that three-year period was in order to receive full-time education.

Notes:

  • A child can be an adopted child or any child for whom the Swiss national parent has parental responsibility or care.
  • If you become the child of a Swiss national after the start of your course, for example, if you have a non-Swiss parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Swiss national or if your parent is granted Swiss nationality, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

8: Child of a Turkish worker

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be the child of a Turkish national who is ordinarily resident in Scotland and who is, or has been lawfully employed in the UK; and

b) you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date; and

c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or Turkey for the three-year period before the relevant date.

Notes:

  • A child can be an adopted child, a step-child or any child for whom the Turkish worker parent has parental responsibility or care.
  • If you become the child of a Turkish worker after the start of your course, for example, if you have a parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Turkish worker, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

9: Refugees, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date; and

b) you must have been recognised as a refugee by the UK Government and have remained ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands since then, or you must be the spouse / civil partner or child of such a person.

Notes:

  • A child can be a step child, adopted child or any child for whom the refugee parent has parental responsibility or care.
  • If you are granted refugee status, or if your spouse or civil partner or parent is granted refugee status, after the start of your course, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support. 

 

10: People who are refused refugee status but allowed to remain in the UK, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date; and

b) you must have applied for asylum in the UK and the Home Office has decided that you do not qualify for refugee status but that you should be allowed to stay in the UK, or you must be the spouse / civil partner or child of such a person

Note: Usually, you will have been granted Humanitarian Protection (HP) or Discretionary Leave (DL) or, in some cases, Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain. If you were given permission to remain in the UK before 1 April 2003, you might have been granted Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain;

and

c) you must have remained ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands since being granted your own permission to stay in the UK.

Notes:

  • A child can be a step child, an adopted child or any child for whom the parent (who applied for asylum and was allowed to remain in the UK)  has parental responsibility or care.
  • If you are granted permission to stay in the UK, or if your spouse or civil partner or parent is granted permission to stay in the UK, after the start of the course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

11: Children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

You are entitled to help with paying your tuition fees if you meet all the requirements of this category. To be eligible, you must:

a) be the child of an asylum seeker, or a person who came to the UK as a child on your own and applied for asylum; and UK and Islands

b) be living in Scotland on the relevant date; and

c) have been living in Scotland for the three-year period immediately before the relevant date; and

d) have been under 18 years old on the date when you or your parent applied for asylum, and that application must have been made before 1 December 2006; and

e) be attending a course in Scotland; and

f) be under 25 years old on the relevant date.

Notes:

  • A child can be an adopted child or any child for whom the parent who applied for asylum (or that person's spouse or civil partner) has parental responsibility or care.
  • If you claim, or if your parent claims asylum after the start of the course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for help in paying your tuition fees.

 

12: Iraqi nationals granted indefinite leave to enter the UK under the Locally Engaged Staff Assistance Scheme (Direct Entry), and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

a) you must be an Iraqi national who has been granted indefinite leave to enter the UK, under the Locally Engaged Staff Assistance Scheme (Direct Entry) operated by the Home Department, or the spouse / civil partner or child of such a person; and

b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands at all times since you were first granted such indefinite leave to enter the UK; and

c) you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date.

Notes:

  • A child can be an adopted child, a step-child or any child for whom the Iraqi national parent has parental responsibility or care.
  • If you become such a person after the start of your course, for example, if you have a parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with such a person, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

13: Syrian (Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme) nationals, and family

This category is only for use by students for an academic year starting on/after 1 August 2016.

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be a Syrian national who:
1. has been granted humanitarian protection (HP) to enter the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme; and
2. has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands at all times since first being granted that HP to enter the UK; and
3. is ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date;

or

(b) you must be:
1. the spouse / civil partner, or child, of a person in (a); and
2. ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date.

Applying in Wales: Basics

Last modified: 19 January 2016

Applying in Wales: Who is entitled?

Last modified: 19 January 2016

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are entitled. If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to Student Support, or if you need further information, check your situation with an adviser at your institution, your Students' Union or our Students' Advice Line.


1: Settled status and living in the UK and Islands

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be settled in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) on the first day of the first academic year of the course you must be ordinarily resident in Wales; and

(c) you must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course, for example, if your course begins in October 2015 you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2015; and

(d) the main purpose for your residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period.

Students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

If you are in receipt of an award from your Island authority, you are treated differently as there is an agreement between the Island authorities and UK higher education institutions. If you are self-financing, seek advice.

2: EU nationals, and family

If you satisfy the conditions under this category, you are eligible only for a loan to pay your tuition fees. To be eligible:

(a) on the first day of the first academic year of the course, you must be:

  • an non-UK EU national; or
  • a UK national who has exercised a right of residence elsewhere in the EEA/Switzerland as a self-sufficient person or as a student, or as a family member accompanying one of these types of people; or 
  • the relevant family member of a non-UK EU national, and that non-UK EU national is in the UK as a self-sufficient person or as a student; or
  • the relevant family member of a UK national, and that UK national has exercised a right of residence elsewhere in the EEA/Switzerland as a self-sufficient person or as a student;

and

(b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(c) the main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three year period.

Notes:

  • If you become an EU national because your country joins the EU, you are treated as if you were an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, even if you started the course before your country joined the EU. The same applies if you are the family member of someone whose country of nationality joins the EU. For the purposes of the residence conditions, any country that joins the EU is considered always to have been part of the EEA.
  • You do not have to be the family member of an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, although the EU national in your family must be an EU national on that date (unless the EU national's country joins the EU). If you become, or a relevant family member becomes, an EU national after the course has started, seek advice.

 

3: Non-UK EU nationals living in the UK and Islands

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be a non-UK EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if, during any part of the three year period, the main purpose for your residence was to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to the 3-year period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

4: EU nationals and family with the right of permanent residence in the UK

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you have the right of permanent residence in the UK; and

(b) you are ordinarily resident in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you were ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if your three-year residence in the UK and Islands was at any time mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to the three-year period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

Note: If you acquire the right of permanent residence after the start of your course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

5: Non-UK EEA and Swiss workers, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be a non-UK EEA/Swiss worker, or you must be the relevant family member of such a worker; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of the course (unless you are an EEA or Swiss frontier worker or relevant family member of a frontier worker); and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Notes:

  • If you are the child of an EEA worker who is no longer working or living in the UK, you may still be entitled to Student Support if you have, at some point, lived in the UK as the child of that person whilst he/she exercised his/her right to reside as a worker (but not a self-employed worker). It does not matter if you are now over 21 and are no longer dependent on him/her. You should seek advice from your institution, from your Students' Union, or by telephoning our Students' Advice Line, if you would like to explore this option.
  • If you or a relevant family member become an EEA or Swiss migrant worker part-way through your course, you might become entitled to Student Support. You should seek advice on this, as above.

 

6: Settled status and exercised a right of residence in the EEA and Switzerland

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be settled in the UK; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the day on which the first term of the first academic year of your course actually begins; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in Wales and settled in the UK immediately before leaving the UK and exercising a right of residence

Note: This means that, before leaving the UK, you must be either a UK national, or the family member of a UK national and you have settled status, or a person with the right of permanent residence, and you or your family member has been a worker or self-employed person, or a student or self-sufficient person somewhere in the EEA or Switzerland, other than the UK;

and

(d) you have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(e) if, during that three-year period, you were ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period.

7: Child of a Swiss national

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be the child of a Swiss national. If you started your course on or after 1 August 2013, your Swiss parent(s) must be exercising their free movement rights in the UK (for example as a self-sufficient person, a worker, or a student);

and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if the main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland was wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period. It does not matter if your main reason for being there before that three-year period was in order to receive full-time education.

Note: Seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support if you become the child of a Swiss national after the start of your course, for example if:

  • you have a non-Swiss parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Swiss national; or
  • your parent is granted Swiss nationality.

 

8: Child of Turkish worker

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be the child of a Turkish national who is ordinarily resident in the UK and who is, or has been lawfully employed in the UK; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or Turkey for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Note: If you become the child of a Turkish worker after the start of your course, for example, if you have a parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Turkish worker, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

9: Refugees, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be ordinarily resident in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(b)

  • have been recognised as a refugee by the UK Government and have remained ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands since then; or
  • be the spouse / civil partner of such a refugee and have been in that relationship on the date on which he/she made his/her application for asylum; or
  • be the child of such a refugee, or the child of such a refugee's spouse / civil partner, and be able to show that on the date that refugee made his/her application for asylum, you were:
    • under 18 years of age; and
    • the refugee was your parent, or your parent's spouse / civil partner.

Notes:

  • If your permission to be in the UK has run out, you are still eligible for Student Support if you can show that you applied to extend or change your immigration status before your permission to be here expired, and you are still waiting for a decision on that application, or that you are in the process of appealing against a Home Office decision to refuse you further immigration permission.
  • If you are granted refugee status, or if your spouse or civil partner or parent is granted refugee status, after the start of your course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

10: ‘Persons with leave to enter or remain’ (humanitarian protection or discretionary leave), and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be ordinarily resident in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) you must be:

  1. a "person with leave to enter or remain", which means a person:
    • who has -
      • applied for refugee status but has, as a result of that application, been informed by the Home Office that, although he/she is considered not to qualify for recognition as a refugee, it is thought right to allow him/her to enter or remain in the UK on the grounds of humanitarian protection or discretionary leave, or
      • not applied for refugee status but has been informed by the Home Office that it is thought right to allow him/her to enter or remain in the UK on the grounds of discretionary leave; and
    • who has been granted leave to enter or to remain accordingly; and
    • whose period of leave to enter or remain has not expired, or has been renewed and the period for which it was renewed has not expired, or in respect of whose leave to enter or remain an appeal is pending;
    • who has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the period since he/she was granted leave to enter or remain;   

    or

  2. the spouse or civil partner of a "person with leave to enter or remain" (as above), and you must have been the spouse or civil partner of that person on the date on which they applied for asylum or discretionary leave;
  3. or

  4. the child of a "person with leave to enter or remain" (as above), or a child of that person's spouse or civil partner, and, at the time the person with leave to enter or remain applied for asylum or discretionary leave, you must have been under 18 years old and the child of that person or of someone who was the spouse or civil partner of that person on that date;

and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

Notes:

  • If the immigration permission of the "person with leave to enter or remain" has run out, he/she (or an appropriate family member of that person, as in (b)2. and (b)3. above) will still eligible for Student Support if that person:
    • applied to extend/change his/her immigration status before his/her permission to be here expired and a decision is still awaited on that application; or
    • is in the process of appealing against a Home Office decision to refuse further immigration permission.
  • If you are, or if your parent (or your parent's spouse or civil partner), or your own spouse or civil partner, is granted humanitarian protection or discretionary leave after the start of the course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

Applying in Northern Ireland: Basics

Last modified: 28 July 2016

Applying in Northern Ireland: Who is entitled?

Last modified: 02 December 2015

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are entitled. If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to Student Support, or if you need further information, check your situation with an adviser at your institution, your Students' Union or our Students' Advice Line.


1: Settled status and living in the UK and Islands

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be settled in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) on the first day of the first academic year of the course you must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland; and

(c) you must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course, eg, if your course begins in October 2014, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2014; and

(d) the main purpose for your residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period.

Students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

If you are in receipt of an award from your Island authority, you are treated differently as there is an agreement between the Island authorities and UK higher education institutions. If you are self-financing, seek advice.

2: EU nationals, and family

If you satisfy the conditions under only this category, you are eligible only for a loan to pay your tuition fees. To be eligible:

(a) on the first day of the first academic year of the course, you must be:

  • an EU national; or
  • the relevant family member of a non-UK EU national, and that non-UK EU national is in the UK as a self-sufficient person or as a student;
  • the relevant family member of a UK national;

and

(b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(c) the main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three year period.

Notes:

  • If you become an EU national because your country joins the EU, you are treated as if you were an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, even if you started the course before your country joined the EU. The same applies if you are the family member of someone whose country of nationality joins the EU. For the purposes of the residence conditions, any country that joins the EU is considered always to have been part of the EEA.
  • You do not have to be the family member of an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, although the EU national in your family must be an EU national on that date (unless the EU national's country joins the EU). If you become, or a relevant family member becomes, an EU national after the course has started, seek advice about whether you or your family member will become eligible for Student Support.

 

3: Non-UK EU nationals living in the UK and Islands

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be a non-UK EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if during any part of the three year period, the main purpose for your residence was to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to the 3-year period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

Notes:

  • If you become an EU national because your country joins the EU, you are treated as if you were an EU national on the first day of the first academic year of the course, even if you started the course before your country joined the EU.
  • A student who can be eligible under this category is, for example, a Latvian national who has spent four years in full-time education in the UK before starting a degree course. Although such a student's main reason for being in the UK might have been to receive full-time education, this student was ordinarily resident in the EEA (the student was in the UK) immediately before the three-year period of ordinary residence in the UK preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course.
  • If you become an EU national after the start of your course because your country joins the EU, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

4: People with the right of permanent residence in the UK

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you have the right of permanent residence in the UK; and

(b) you are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you were ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if your three-year residence in the UK and Islands was at any time mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately prior to the three-year period of ordinary residence in the UK and Islands. It does not matter if you were in the EEA and/or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education during this earlier period.

Note: If you acquire the right of permanent residence after the start of your course, you should seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

5: Non-UK EEA/Swiss workers, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be a non-UK EEA/Swiss worker, or the relevant family member of such a worker; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of the course (unless you are an EEA/Swiss frontier worker or relevant family member of a frontier worker); and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Notes:

  • If you are the child of an EEA worker who is no longer working or living in the UK, you may still be entitled to Student Support if you have, at some point, lived in the UK as the child of that person whilst he/she exercised his/her right to reside as a worker (but not a self-employed worker). It does not matter if you are now over 21 and are no longer dependent on him/her. You should seek advice from your institution, from your Students' Union, or by telephoning our Students' Advice Line, if you would like to explore this option.
  • If you or a relevant family member become an EEA or Swiss migrant worker part-way through your course, you might become entitled to Student Support. You should seek advice on this, as above.

 

6: Settled status and exercised a right of residence in the EEA and Switzerland

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be settled in the UK; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the day on which the first term of the first academic year of your course actually begins; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland and settled in the UK immediately before leaving the UK and exercising a right of residence

Note: This means that, before leaving the UK, you must be either a UK national, or the family member of a UK national and you have settled status, or a person with the right of permanent residence, and you or your family member has been a worker or self-employed person, or a student or self-sufficient person somewhere in the EEA or Switzerland, other than the UK;

and

(d) you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(e) if, during that three-year period, you were ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland mainly in order to receive full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period (this does include time spent there in full-time education).

7: Child of a Swiss national

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be the child of a Swiss national. If you started your course on or after 1 August 2013, your Swiss parent(s) must be exercising their free movement rights in the UK (for example as a self-sufficient person, a worker, or a student);

and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(d) if the main purpose for your residence in the EEA and/or Switzerland was wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before that three-year period. It does not matter if your main reason for being there before that three-year period was in order to receive full-time education.

Note: Seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support if you become the child of a Swiss national after the start of your course, for example if:

  • if you have a non-Swiss parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Swiss national; or
  • if your parent is granted Swiss nationality.

 

8: Child of Turkish worker

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be the child of a Turkish national who is ordinarily resident in the UK and who is, or has been lawfully employed in the UK; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or Turkey for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Note: If you become the child of a Turkish worker after the start of your course, for example, if you have a parent who marries or enters into a civil partnership with a Turkish worker, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

9: Refugees, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of your course; and

(b) you must

  • have been recognised as a refugee by the UK Government and have remained ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands since then; or
  • be the spouse / civil partner of such a person and have been the spouse / civil partner of the refugee on the date on which he/she made an application for asylum; or
  • be the child of such a person, or of such a person's spouse / civil partner, and, on the date on which that person applied for asylum, you were:
    • under 18 years of age; and
    • the refugee was your parent, or your parent's spouse / civil partner.

Notes:

  • If your permission to be in the UK has run out, you are still eligible for Student Support if you can show that you applied to extend or change your immigration status before your permission to be here expired, and you are still waiting for a decision on that application, or that you are in the process of appealing against a Home Office decision to refuse you further immigration permission.
  • If you are granted refugee status, or if your spouse or civil partner or parent is granted refugee status, after the start of your course, seek advice about whether you will become eligible for Student Support.

 

10: People who apply for refugee status and are refused but who are allowed to remain in the UK, and family

If you satisfy all the conditions under this category, you will be eligible for full Student Support. To be eligible:

(a) you must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) you must be:

  1. a "person with leave to enter or remain", which means a person:
    • who has been informed by the Home Office that, although he/she is considered not to qualify for recognition as a refugee, it is thought right to allow him/her to enter or remain in the UK; and
    • who has been granted leave to enter or to remain accordingly (this will usually be in the form of humanitarian protection or discretionary leave); and
    • whose period of leave to enter or remain has not expired, or has been renewed and the period for which it was renewed has not expired, or in respect of whose leave to enter or remain an appeal is pending;
    • who has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the period since he/she was granted leave to enter or remain;
  2. or

  3. the spouse or civil partner of a "person with leave to enter or remain" (as above), and you must have been the spouse or civil partner of that person on the date on which they applied for asylum;
  4. or

  5. the child of a "person with leave to enter or remain" (as above), or a child of that person's spouse or civil partner, and, at the time the person with leave to enter or remain applied for asylum, you must have been under 18 years old and the child of that person or of someone who was the spouse or civil partner of that person on that date;

and 

(c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

Definitions: for Student Support assessment

Last modified: 31 July 2015

Awards for postgraduate study

Last modified: 06 September 2016

This section gives you information about the funding available if you are studying in the UK as a postgraduate student.

 

Loans 

If you normally live in England, and you are studying anywhere in the UK, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs. This loan is not means-tested, which means it is not based on your household income. If you are on an integrated masters course, you should apply for support as an undergraduate student instead. Where you are on an eligible course, you must satisfy residency conditions which are broadly similar to those for undergraduate Student Support.

If you normally live in Scotland, you may be eligible for a SAAS-funded Postgraduate loan. Again, this support is for course fees / living costs, but the loan is available for those studying on a smaller range of courses than in England.

 

Other funding

Mostly, UK public funding for postgraduate study is handled by Research Councils. Postgraduate Social Work courses are funded by separate bodies.

In England, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (known as ‘BIS’) offer awards for study at European institutions. The Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), have postgraduate awards schemes for certain types of study. For most awards from these bodies, you will have to meet qualifying conditions similar to those described for Student Support. EU students would normally be considered for a fees-only award. Awards are usually competitive and should normally be applied for through the academic department at which you will be studying. Contact the relevant funding body, or your institution’s academic department, about other funding that may be available locally.

For more information, consult the funding information on the Prospects web site.

 

EEA migrant workers

Last modified: 02 December 2015

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