I'm a EU national who got an offer from a university. I was planning on applying for Student Finance to cover my tuition fee. However, things are not as simple as they first seemed.
In order to be eligible for support, SAAS states on their webpage:
"You have been ordinarily resident in the relevant area for at least one year of the three yearperiod immediately prior to the relevant date and no part of that residence was wholly ormainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education".
Does anyone know if the above exception only applies for one consecutive year or if it also includes all the time you spent in your home country during that period of 3 years? How strict are they on enforcing this? As of August 1st, 9 months will have past since I came back home. That's short of 3 months. Will they decline my application?
"and no part of that residence was wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education"." Does this mean that I cannot enroll in a university program back home in wait for next year's application? Or is it only for people who moved to another country (in the EU) for the purpose studying?
I really don't see the point of this rule. I've been living back home for my whole life save 2 years... Should I really have to decline my university offer, wait another year, reapply with the possibility of rejection just for a lack of 3 months?
Lastly what's considered temporary employment? They don't really go into any depth of what it would include, they only list the type of information they need in order to asses you.
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Eu National - 3 years residency requirement watch
- Thread Starter
- 11-04-2016 14:57
- 07-06-2016 21:14
I also find the "ordinary resident" and "wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education" bits quite confusing. Yes, I've been in full-time education in Scotland since August 2015, but I moved here in September 2013 and I've worked full-time for the first 2 years and live here with my girlfriend ever since without any breaks. I am planning to continue education by going to the university for the 3rd and 4th year of my degree once I complete my HND at college in summer 2017 and I am going to apply for the full funding then. I had an email from SAAS saying that no guarantee can be given until my application is properly assessed but I should be eligible for funding given my circumstances. I do intent to stay here permanently and consider myself as an "ordinary resident" because the reason I moved and stay here is not studying itself (I did it purely to be able to get a better job in Scotland), how do SAAS expect me to prove that though once I send my application through?