If you’re an EEA or Swiss national who is living and working in England, you could get the same student finance as a UK national. Content provided by Student Finance England.
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You might also be eligible if a member of your family, such as your parent, husband, or wife, is an EEA or Swiss national, and is living and working in England – find out more.

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


What's available?

If you're studying a full-time undergraduate course

You can get a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 to cover the fees charged by your university or college, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs, such as rent and books.

There’s also extra help if you have a disability, or if you have children or an adult who depends on you financially.

If you're studying a part-time undergraduate course

If you’re starting a part-time course on or after 1 August 2018, you can get a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £6,935 to cover the fees charged by your university or college. You can also get a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs, such as rent and books.

There’s also extra help if you have a disability.

If you're studying a postgraduate course

If you’re studying a postgraduate master’s course, you can get a loan of up to £10,906 as a contribution towards your course and living costs. If you’re studying a postgraduate doctoral course, you can get a loan of up to £25,700 as a contribution towards your course and living costs.

There’s also extra help if you have a disability.


Eligibility

To apply, you must be:

  • an EEA or Swiss national, and have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for at least three years before the start of your course
  • living in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course
  • planning to study a full-time course that qualifies for student finance
  • working or self-employed (you need to be working enough to support yourself for the whole academic year)

How to apply

You should fill out a paper PN1 form (if you’re a new student) or a PR1 form (if you’re a continuing student). These are available to download from www.gov.uk/studentfinance.

Send this form, along with any evidence, to:

EEA Migrant Worker Team
PO BOX 89
Darlington
DL1 9AZ


Supplying evidence

Along with your application, you’ll need to send Student Finance England your passport or National Identity Card. You’ll also need to send evidence to show that you’re employed or self-employed.

If you’re employed, send a photocopy of all of the following:

  • your employment contract
  • your last three months’ payslips
  • your most recent P60

If you’re self-employed, send a photocopy of all of the following:

  • your invoices or accounts for the last three months
  • your bank statements for the last three months
  • your latest tax return

You may also need to send Student Finance England evidence three times during the academic year (usually in September, December, and March) to show that you’re still employed or self-employed. They will contact you if they need this.

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