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Hi! I am a blind student from Italy. I am thinking of attending university in the Uk. I have a lot of questions and I don't know who can answers me...

I'd like to know something about fees: is there any discount of the expensive uni fees?
In Italy disabled students are eligible for not paying fees

If I need someone who shows me around just for the first time, is there anyone who can help me?

Please, answer me, I need someone to talk to


If I decide to live abroad, I will probably go to Scotland.


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Hi! I am a blind student from Italy. I am thinking of attending university in the Uk. I have a lot of questions and I don't know who can answers me...

I'd like to know something about fees: is there any discount of the expensive uni fees?
In Italy disabled students are eligible for not paying fees
No, you will still need to pay full fees, I'm afraid.

However, you will not have to pay fees at Scottish universities. This has nothing to do with your disability, it's because Scottish students don't pay fees (their fees are covered by the Scottish government). According to EU regulations students from the EU must pay the same as students from that country so, in the case of Scotland, nothing.

In short, English, Welsh and Northern Irish students do need to pay tuition fees in Scotland. However, students from elsewhere in the EU and those living in Scotland do not.

But you will be liable for fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland just as a non-disabled student would.

If I need someone who shows me around just for the first time, is there anyone who can help me?

Please, answer me, I need someone to talk to
Universities are required by law to make adjustments for people disabilities and this could include an orientation event before the academic year starts where someone can show you around the university. If you contact the disability service of the universities you apply to they will be able to give more information.

I'll try and come back later when I have more time and will explain in more detail.
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Have you got in touch with the disability services at the uni you're thinking about going to? They should tell you what help they can give to you. This can include things like having someone help you get around, extra time in exams, etc.
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Thank's everyone!!
As soon as I make a decision I'll send an email to uni!
I have another question: can I apply for a grant/loan for my living costs?


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Thank's everyone!!
As soon as I make a decision I'll send an email to uni!
I have another question: can I apply for a grant/loan for my living costs?


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As an EU student I think you are entitled to a tuition fee loan from the UK government. However, EU students aren't normally entitled to a maintenance loan to cover living costs. To be eligible for a loan you need to be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years before the course starts. If you haven't then you won't be able to get a loan, I'm afraid (this also applies to UK nationals, if they haven't been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years they cannot get a loan either, so it's not just EU students).

Some universities do have bursaries for EU students. LSE is one example. However, I don't know how common this is.

I would however check this information just in case I am wrong. Student finance isn't my specialist area. It can be complex and rules have changed slightly since I started my undergraduate studies in 2004.
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You may be eligible for disability benefits from either the university or the government. I'm not entirely sure whether you can do so unless you're a citizen of the UK, though.
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You may be eligible for disability benefits from either the university or the government. I'm not entirely sure whether you can do so unless you're a citizen of the UK, though.
Simply put, any EU citizen has the right to live and work in the UK. When working they can claim benefits. Certain restrictions are, or were, placed on the A8 countries (the Eastern European countries who joined the EU in 2004) and A2 countries (Bulgaria and Romania). This is not applicable to the OP who is from Italy.

As far as I'm aware students can also claim benefits, or at least certain benefits, but there are residency requirements. To claim Disability Living Allowance a person needs to be be present in the UK for 26 weeks in the last 12 months. So the OP wouldn't be able to claim DLA immediately after arriving.

Furthermore applying for DLA is a lengthy process and very stressful with no guarantee of success. A full time student invariably will need to claim Disability Living Allowance to then be entitled to other benefits such as Housing Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance, as full time students normally cannot claim these income related benefits.

The OP really needs to be able to support herself, either through scholarships, bursaries, savings or some other way.
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As an EU student I think you are entitled to a tuition fee loan from the UK government. However, EU students aren't normally entitled to a maintenance loan to cover living costs. To be eligible for a loan you need to be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years before the course starts. If you haven't then you won't be able to get a loan, I'm afraid (this also applies to UK nationals, if they haven't been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years they cannot get a loan either, so it's not just EU students).
This is right. If you live within the EU, you can only get help with a tuition fee loan.
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