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If you're an EU student or a migrant worker, our experts are here to answer your questions about student finance.

Jonathan and Rebecca are customer advisors for Student Finance England and both specialise in answering queries from EU students.

Please be aware all answers will be posted on Tuesday 7 February.
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I am an EU student. After July this year I will have lived in the UK for 10 years (half my life), issue is that I moved to Asia for 2 years with my parents due to their work as expats when I was 16 and graduated high school there and came back to the UK at 18 after their work contract was over. That was almost 2 years ago now and I am now 20. Im very confused about whether I am eligible for student maintenance loans or not since it says on the gov website I should be eligible if I've lived in the UK for half my life which I will have before I start uni.
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What loans can you get as an EU student?
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How can I keep repaying my loan if I come back to my EU country?
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I am an EU student but UK national I have been studying in France for 8 years now but I still have home address in England and Prior to living in France I was living in England. Do I still qualify for a maintenance loan?

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As an EU student, I would like to know which financial aid and/or student loans I am eligible for. I am currently finishing high school in my country and I will be an undergraduate student next year). Thank you for your help.
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(Original post by RainyLou)
I am an EU student. After July this year I will have lived in the UK for 10 years (half my life), issue is that I moved to Asia for 2 years with my parents due to their work as expats when I was 16 and graduated high school there and came back to the UK at 18 after their work contract was over. That was almost 2 years ago now and I am now 20. Im very confused about whether I am eligible for student maintenance loans or not since it says on the gov website I should be eligible if I've lived in the UK for half my life which I will have before I start uni.
As an EU student who has been ordinarily resident in the UK for 5 years before starting the first academic year of your course, you would be eligible for maintenance loan if you could provide evidence that your time in Asia was temporary, due to your parent's work contract.
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Hi, My daughter will be starting a 4 years MA in October 17. She is from EU but has been living in the UK for the past 10 years - Can she apply to both a tuition and maintenance loan? - If so what is requested to prove that her domiciliation (mother works and live in the UK but dad works and live in France) - Does she has to apply every year or in one go? - 3rd year is abroad as she is studying a language, does it change something regarding the loan? Thank you
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How can I keep repaying my loan if I come back to my EU country?
I wouldn't be able to advise regarding repayments, however there is a webchat tomorrow 5pm - 6pm where there will be advisors available to answer any queries you have about repaying your student loan.


For all the information you need on repayment, interest and repaying from overseas, visit www.slc.co.uk/repayment
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What loans can you get as an EU student?
As an EU student you would be eligible to receive a tuition fee loan and certain universities may be able to offer you a bursary based on your household income.

If you have lived in the UK five years prior to the start of the academic year you would eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. You may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan if you are working in the UK throughout your course.
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I am 30 and I am from Latvia. I have lived and worked in UK for 7 years. I will start my undergraduate course in September 2017. Am I eligible for maintenance loan? Do I need to apply as UK student?
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As an EU student, I would like to know which financial aid and/or student loans I am eligible for. I am currently finishing high school in my country and I will be an undergraduate student next year). Thank you for your help.
You would be entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan which will cover the fees set by your university, up to £9250 per year.
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As a EU Student applying for student finance, for a postgradute course in
September 2017. I have a question, when applying for the first time, which
evidence will I need to provide?

Thank you,
Regards.
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Hi all, I have some questions about the student loan:

1) I have arrived to the UK from Spain on June 2012 (so this year 2017 will be my 5th year). I have already applied to unis and I just wanted to ask if I will have any problem when applying for the student loan. And if not, should I apply as a EU student or EEA worker?

2) I have a friend who has arrived to the UK about 3 years ago from Spain. Is she elegible for the student loan? And again how should her apply?
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I am 30 and I am from Latvia. I have lived and worked in UK for 7 years. I will start my undergraduate course in September 2017. Am I eligible for maintenance loan? Do I need to apply as UK student?
You would be eligible for a maintenance loan as well as tuition fee loan, so yes you would need to apply as a UK student. You can do this by sending a PN1 form for the 17/18 academic year when these forms become available from https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms
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I am an EU student but UK national I have been studying in France for 8 years now but I still have home address in England and Prior to living in France I was living in England. Do I still qualify for a maintenance loan?

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IF you were born in the UK and have lived here at some point in your life you would be eligible to receive a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. You will also need to be resident in the UK on the first day of your course.

Sometimes we will ask for evidence or a full list of addresses from birth to show that you have been settled in the UK at some point in your life.
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Hi all, I have some questions about the student loan:

1) I have arrived to the UK from Spain on June 2012 (so this year 2017 will be my 5th year). I have already applied to unis and I just wanted to ask if I will have any problem when applying for the student loan. And if not, should I apply as a EU student or EEA worker?

2) I have a friend who has arrived to the UK about 3 years ago from Spain. Is she elegible for the student loan? And again how should her apply?
If you are an EU national and have been living in the UK for 5 years prior to the first day of the first academic year of your course, then you would be able to make an application as a UK student and should be entitled to a tuition fee loan as well as a maintenance loan.

As your friend has been living here for 3 years she would currently be entitled to a tuition fee loan only if she applies as an EU student. If she is a migrant worker and can provide evidence of supporting herself financially she may be entitled to a maintenance loan, if so she would apply as a UK student by sending the PN1 form instead.
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Hi, My daughter will be starting a 4 years MA in October 17. She is from EU but has been living in the UK for the past 10 years - Can she apply to both a tuition and maintenance loan? - If so what is requested to prove that her domiciliation (mother works and live in the UK but dad works and live in France) - Does she has to apply every year or in one go? - 3rd year is abroad as she is studying a language, does it change something regarding the loan? Thank you
As your daughter is studying for an MA this would fall under postgraduate study. Unfortunately I do not specialise in postgraduate study. If you follow the link below this will take you to our web page on postgraduate funding where you will be able to check our eligibility criteria.

https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/overview
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Hi,

As a EU Student applying for student finance, for a postgradute course in
September 2017. I have a question, when applying for the first time, which
evidence will I need to provide?

Thank you,
Regards.
For any queries you have about postgraduate funding all our eligibility criteria is available on https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/overview or you can contact our postgraduate team on 0300 100 0031. They are available 8 am until 6 pm.
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Thanks to Jonathan and Rebbecca for answering our questions.

There's another webchat for EU students with questions about student finance on Thursday at 12, join us then.
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