Lots of students from overseas choose to study in the UK, and could be eligible for student finance. Content provided by Student Finance England.
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If you’re an EU national studying full-time in England, you might be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. How much you can get depends on:

  • how much your university or college charges
  • whether you’re studying at a publicly or privately-funded university or college
  • when you started your course
Courses starting from 1 September 2012

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 if you're studying at an eligible uni or college. If you're studying an accelerated degree course, you could get up to £11,100.

If you're not sure if a course qualifies for student finance, check with the uni or college.

You have to pay back any loans you borrow, but not until you’ve finished or left your course, and your income is over the repayment threshold.

Courses starting before 1 September 2012

If you started your course before 1 September 2012, you can get a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £3,465.

Student finance for EU students 2019/20

Student finance for EU students 2019/20 | Student Finance England
Find out what student finance is available for EU students and how to apply. Video provided by Student Finance England.

Eligibility

To apply, you must:

  • be an EU national, or the family member of an EU national
  • have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for at least three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
  • be studying a course that qualifies for student finance

Your course must lead to a recognised higher education qualification. The most common examples include:

  • first degree (such as a BSc, BA, or BEd)
  • foundation degree
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • integrated master’s

If you’re not sure whether your course qualifies, you should check with your university or college.

If you've studied before

You can usually only get student finance for your first higher education course.

As a general rule, a Tuition Fee Loan is available for the full length of your course, plus one extra year if needed. For example, if:

  • you change your course
  • you leave your course but start another

The number of years for which you are eligible for funding is usually calculated as length of current course + one year – years of previous study.

If you haven’t got enough years of funding left to cover your course, you’ll usually have to cover some of the cost yourself.

You might be able to get an extra year of tuition fee support if you need to repeat a year due to compelling personal reasons, such as bereavement or illness. You would need to provide evidence of this. Depending on your circumstances, this could include:

  • medical evidence from your GP
  • evidence from social services
  • evidence from your university or college
Your university or college

You must be studying at an eligible university or college in England.


How to apply

When you apply for student finance, you'll need to agree to Student Finance England's terms and conditions.

You should fill in a paper application form and send it to Student Finance England at the following address:

Student Finance Services
Student Loans Company
PO Box 89
Darlington
County Durham
United Kingdom
DL1 9AZ

The application forms will be available to download at www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms from early 2019.

You should apply as early as possible to make sure you get your student finance in time for the start of your course. This might mean applying before you have a confirmed place at university or college, but you should still apply using your first choice and change it later if you need to.

Evidence

The first time you apply you’ll be asked for proof of identity.

You should send us one of the following:

  • your passport
  • your National Identity card

It’s important that you send this as quickly as possible to avoid any delay in your application being processed.

The evidence you send can be certified copies or original documents. A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been verified by a person of good standing in the community who is not related to you.

Examples of people who can certify your identity evidence include:

  • a doctor
  • a lawyer
  • a civil servant
  • a teacher or lecturer

The person certifying your identity evidence must sign, stamp and date the document and provide all the following information:

  • name
  • job title
  • email address
  • telephone number (including international dialling code)
  • address

You should download and complete a ‘Certifier checklist form’ and return it to us with any certified copies of evidence you send us.

Changing your details

If any of your details change after you’ve applied for student finance, you must tell your university or college and Student Finance England as soon as possible. You should download an EUCO1 form from www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms and send it to Student Finance England.

More information

The international office at your university or college will be able to help you with general questions about coming to the UK to study.

You can call Student Finance England on (+44) (0) 141 243 3570 if you need help with your finance application, or with working out what you can apply for. Lines are open 09:00 to 17:30 (UK time), Monday to Friday.

You can also tweet them at @SF_England, or ask them a question on Facebook.


How it's paid

You need to register at your uni or college before we can make your first payment. You’ll usually do this in the first week of your course, and you may have to take your student finance entitlement letter with you.

Your Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to your university or college in three instalments during the academic year.

When are payments made to your uni or college? How much is paid to your uni or college?
At the start of term one 25% of the tuition fee
At the start of term two 25% of the tuition fee
At the start of term three 50% of the tuition fee

Taking a break or withdrawing from your studies

If you decide to take a break or withdraw from your studies, you need to contact Student Finance England, and let your university or college know as soon as possible, so they can tell Student Finance England.  

If you leave your course before term three, Student Finance England won’t make any more Tuition Fee Loan payments to your university or college.

You’ll still be responsible for paying back any Tuition Fee Loan they’ve paid to your university, but not until your income is over the repayment threshold.

If you don’t tell Student Finance England about a change to your circumstances, you might end up being overpaid. In this case, you might have to start repaying earlier and before your income is over the repayment threshold.

Taking a break or withdrawing from your course could also affect any student finance you can get in the future.

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