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.
Whether an EU student can get student finance depends on their:
- personal circumstances,
- course, and
- university or college.
Nationality and residency
EU students will be able to get student finance if all of the following apply:
- They’re an EU National or a family member of a EU National
- They have pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme
- They have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA and Switzerland for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of their course.
- They will be living and studying in Wales
They might also be able to apply if they’re an Irish Citizen who will be living and studying in Wales and one of the following:
- They 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
- They 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 an Irish Citizen or a Person of Northern Ireland
You need to have pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme and also 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
Students can usually only get student finance for their first higher-education qualification. If they’ve already studied a higher-education course in the UK, they might not get help for a second course.
As a general rule, a Tuition Fee Loan is available for the full length of their course, plus one extra year if needed, for example, if:
- they change their course, or
- they leave their course but start another.
The number of years for which they can get student finance is usually calculated as:
Length of current course + one year – years of previous study
If they haven’t got enough years of funding left to cover their course, they’ll have to cover some of the cost themselves. They’ll usually still be able to get a Maintenance Loan in any self-funded years of study.
They might be able to get an extra year of tuition fee support if they need to repeat a year due to compelling personal reasons, such as bereavement or illness.
They would need to provide evidence of this. Depending on their circumstances, this could include:
- medical evidence from their GP
- evidence from social services
- evidence from their university or college
The course they plan to study must be in Wales and one of the following:
- first degree, for example a BA, BSc or BEd
- Foundation Degree
- Certificate of Higher Education
- Higher National Certificate (HNC)
- Higher National Diploma (HND)
- Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
- Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
- Integrated Master’s
- Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
If they’re not sure whether their course qualifies for student finance, they should check with their university or college.
The university or college must be in Wales and either:
- publicly funded (paid for by the government), or
- privately funded but running individual courses that are approved for funding by the Welsh Government.
EU students can get student finance to cover the full cost of their tuition fees.
Some EU nationals may also qualify for additional help, but usually only if all of the following apply:
- They’re an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme and they’ve lived in the UK or Ireland for three years or more before they start their course
- They’re a family member of an EU National, and they have pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme with and they’ve lived in the UK for three years or more before they start their course
- They’re an Irish Citizen and been living in the UK on the first day of the academic year in which they start their course
- Usually, their main reason for living in the UK was not to receive full-time education
- Their course qualifies for funding
Find out what’s available and how to apply:
They may also be able to apply for additional help if they’re:
- a migrant worker from an EEA (European Economic Area) country or Switzerland;
- a family member of a migrant worker; or
- they’re a child of a Turkish Worker in the UK
How to apply
EU students should fill in a paper form and send it to us at the following address:
Student Finance Services
Student Loans Company
PO Box 89
The application forms will be available to download at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/eu when applications launch in April .
When they apply, they’ll be asked to send us proof of their identity, usually their passport or National Identity card.
The evidence they send can be certified copies or original documents. A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document which has been stamped, signed and dated to confirm it’s a true copy of the original by a person of good standing in the community.
They should download and complete a Certifier Checklist form at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/eu and return it to us with any certified copies they send.
Changing their details
If any of their details change after they’ve applied for student finance, they should download an EUCO1 form at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/eu and send it to us.
Find out more about change of circumstances