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Student from the European Union (EU)

If you’re a European Union (EU) national you can normally apply for financial help towards the costs of your tuition fees whilst studying in Wales.

Before you receive any funding for your higher education course at university or college you’ll need to make sure that your course qualifies.

Your course

Your course must lead to a qualification in one of the following:

  • First Degree eg Bachelor of Arts, Science or Education (BA, BSc or BEd)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Your course must take place at one of the following:

  • a UK university
  • a college that receives government funding in the UK
  • a specified private institution in the UK (ask your university or college if the course has been specifically designated by the Welsh Government.
  • a group of schools taking part in a School-Centered Initial Teaching Training (SCITT) scheme in the UK.

Additional help

Some EU nationals may also qualify for additional help, 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 three years or more before you start your course
  • you’ll be living in the UK on the first day of the academic year in which you start your course
  • usually your main reason for living in the UK was not to receive full-time education
  • your course qualifies.

If all of these apply to you, then the application process will be different and you should apply in the same way as a student from Wales.

Find out what’s available and how to apply:

You may also be able to apply for additional help if you’re:

Migrant workers

You may qualify for help with tuition fees and additional help 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 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.

If all of these apply to you, then the application process will be different and you should apply in the same way as a student from Wales.

Find out what’s available and how to apply:

Family member of migrant workers

You may qualify for additional help if you’re a family member of an EEA or Swiss migrant worker.

If you’re the child of a Swiss national, your Swiss national parent must be living in the UK on the first day of the academic year for you to be eligible for additional help.

If your Swiss national parent moves to the UK during the academic year you’ll become eligible for additional help from that point onwards but you won’t receive the full academic year entitlement.

If all of these apply to you, then the application process will be different and you should apply in the same way as a student from Wales.

Find out what’s available and how to apply:

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.

If all of these apply to you, then the application process will be different and you should apply in the same way as a student from Wales.

Find out what’s available and how to apply:

Further help on the qualifying rules

If you want to speak to someone about eligibility for student finance and what help you can get, contact Student Finance Services.



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