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Funding for EU Students

Financial help for EU students

If you're an EU national or the family member of an EU national you might qualify for help from Student Finance England (SFE) towards your tuition fees and in certain circumstances your living costs. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for:

  • help with tuition fees - non means tested loan
  • help with tuition fees and 'additional help' - for example a loan for living costs and/or grants

Non-UK EEA/Swiss/Turkish nationals normally resident in a region of the UK and Islands other than England should confirm their eligibility for "home" student funding with that region's funding provider, eg Student Finance Wales etc.

More information is listed below.

If you have any questions please email sv.welfareandinternational@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone us on +44 (0) 191 227 4127.  You could also contact the Student Finance Services European Team to discuss your personal situation in more detail.

  

Help with Tuition Fees

As an EU student to qualify for a Tuition Fee Loan the following must apply:

  • You're an EU national, or the family member of an EU national
  • You've lived in the EEA or Switzerland for three years or more before your course starts
  • You'll be living in the UK on the first day of the academic year in which your course starts
  • Your course qualifies

 

Does your Course Qualify

In order to qualify your course must take place at one of the following:

  • A UK university
  • A college that receives government funding
  • A private institution offering specifically designated higher education courses (ask your university or college if it qualifies)
  • A group of schools taking part in the School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) scheme

Your course must lead to one of the following qualifications:

  • Degree (such as a BA, BSc or BEd) - you may not qualify if you already have one
  • Foundation degree
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipEd)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

 

How to Apply for a Tuition Fee Loan

Full time undergraduate EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance Services European Team to cover the cost of tuition fees charged by the University. Please note: If you have studied a Higher Education course in your home country this will affect your eligibility.  You can apply for the Tuition Fee Loan each year of your studies. The Tuition Fee Loan will be paid directly to the University on your behalf.  

The Tuition Fee Loan is not repayable until you have left your course and are earning over a certain amount. That amount depends on which country you eventually work in; if you work in the UK you do not start repaying the loan until you are earning £21,000 or more. 

To find out the repayment threshold in countries other than the UK, please click on the relevant links below:

Overseas income thresholds for students who started Higher education between 1998 and 2011: Overseas thresholds (1998 - 2011)

Overseas income thresholds for students who started Higher Education in 2012 or later: Overseas thresholds (2012 onwards)

You can download the application form from the website EU Forms and Guides. Alternatively, you can contact the EU Team by phone on +44 (0) 141 243 3570 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm) to request an application form.

 

Additional Help

Some EU nationals may qualify for a Tuition Fee Loan plus additional financial help towards living costs, but usually only if all of the following apply:

  • You're an EU national, or the family member of someone who is
  • You've lived in the UK for five years or more immediately preceding the start of your course
  • You'll be living in England on the first day of the academic year in which your course starts
  • Usually your main reason for living in the UK was not to receive full-time education
  • Your course qualifies

If you qualify for this level of help, the application process is different. You need to apply in the same way as students from England. For information on what funding is available and how to apply please see the questions relating to your nationality below.

EEA and Swiss Migrant Workers

You may qualify for help with tuition fees and additional; help in the form of maintenance loans if all of the following apply:

  • You're a national from an EEA country or Switzerland
  • You're working in the UK
  • You've lived in the EEA or Switzerland for three years or more before the first day of the first academic year in which your course starts
  • You'll be living in England on the first day of the academic year in which your course starts
  • You may also qualify if you're a family member of an EEA or Swiss migrant worker

In addition you must meet one of the following;

  • Prior to starting your course you worked and you have continued to work whilst studying
  • If you have stopped working in the UK you must demonstrate a link between your previous job and your course e.g. if you were working as a Health Care Assistant and you gave up your job to study a Degree in Nursing
  • You get a job after you have started your course and continue to work while studying
  • If your application is successful, it is important that you continue to work while you are studying (unless there is a link between your previous employment and the course you are studying) or you will lose your entitlement to the living cost support mentioned above

In addition, if you decide to go on a student exchange or a placement you may have problems, so it is important you seek advice first.

Children of Turkish Workers

You may qualify for help with tuition fees and additional help if all of the following apply:

  • You're the child of a Turkish national who usually lives and works in the UK
  • You've lived in the EEA, Switzerland or Turkey for three years or more before your course starts
  • You'll be living in the UK on the first day of the academic year in which your course starts
  • Your course qualifies

The application process is different if you want to apply as an EU Migrant Worker or the child of a Turkish worker. You need to apply in the same way as students from England


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