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Students from the European Union (EU)

Full-time undergraduate student finance applications for the 2021 to 2022 academic year are expected to open at the end of April 2021.

The student eligibility and entitlement information we will cover is based on our current understanding and some policy details could change based on final domicile-specific regulations coming into force.

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

You can apply if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you’re an EU national, or the family member of someone who is
  • you have pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme
  • you have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA and Switzerland for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
  • you will be living and studying in Wales

You can also apply if the following applies to you :

You are an Irish Citizen who will be living and studying in Wales and

  • have been living in the UK, Islands and/or Ireland for the three years prior to the first day of the first AY of your course

or

  • have been living in the UK since 31 December 2020 or earlier, and living in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA and Switzerland for the three years prior to the first day of the first AY of your course

If you’re a family member of a Irish Citizen or a Person of Northern Ireland

  • You need to have pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme and have also have been living in the UK since 31 December 2020 or earlier, and living in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA and Switzerland for the three years prior to the first day of the first AY of your course

The application deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021, but you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

You should visit the EU Settlement Scheme information guide on GOV.uk for more information on how to apply.

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

For more information on how the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is affecting student finance, visit our dedicated COVID-19 page.

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 Education (ITE).

Your university or college must be in Wales and can be either be publicly funded or privately funded.

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 with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme and you’ve lived in the UK or Ireland for three years or more before you start your course
  • you’re a family member of an EU National, and you have pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme with and you’ve lived in the UK for three years or more before you start your course
  • an Irish Citizen and been 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 been living in the UK, Gibraltar, 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 and have been living in the UK, Gibraltar EEA or Switzerland for at least 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course

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
      • your Turkish worker parent/step parents has been granted extended leave to remain in the UK
      • both you and your Turkish worker parent have been living in the UK by 31st Dec 2020
      • 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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