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    Hi all,
    I have the following question. If a person has started their course without a citizenship from a country from the EU and has paid their tuition fee on their own for the first year but then in the summer between first and second year has obtained a citizenship from a country part of the EU and has applied for a tuition fee loan (for the second year) but is rejected by student finance due to the fact that the student started the course as a non-EU citizen what are the chances if the decision is appealed and/or are there any other options? Thank you so much!
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    Hi all,
    I have the following question. If a person has started their course without a citizenship from a country from the EU and has paid their tuition fee on their own for the first year but then in the summer between first and second year has obtained a citizenship from a country part of the EU and has applied for a tuition fee loan (for the second year) but is rejected by student finance due to the fact that the student started the course as a non-EU citizen what are the chances if the decision is appealed and/or are there any other options? Thank you so much!
    There are two reasons why that appeal would fail:

    1) Entitlement to Student Finance is dependent on residency, not citizenship. To qualify for a Tuition Fee Loan, you need to have been living in the EU for a full five years before the start of your degree. To qualify for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan, you need to have been living in the UK for a full five years before the start of your degree.

    2) Your fee status is determined by what your residency status was at the start of your degree. This will not change as you go through uni. Being at uni does not help you build up years of qualifying residence for Student Finance. If you were deemed to be an International non-EU student at the start of your course, then that will remain your status throughout, regardless of your citizenship.

    It is irrelevant that you paid your own tuition fee in the first year. The calculation of entitlement does not take into account the source of your funding. In any case, the calculation does not apply due to points 1 and 2 above.

    The alternative is to leave your degree at the end of the first year. After you have been in the EU for five full years, you can reapply and get the full Tuition Fee Loan. You will still have sufficient years of Student Finance entitlement to start a new degree from scratch.
 
 
 
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