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    my question is whether I am eligible to recieve a Postgraduate loan for a course in 'Education and International Development' starting in September 2018. I am a UK citizen who has (until recently) worked and paid taxes in the UK. However, in July this year I moved to Colombia to take up a 5 month teaching fellowship in order to gain experience for the Masters course (at least 6 months in a developing country is a requiremnet of the course). I return to the UK in December and then go to Sri Lanka in late January (again for a temporary contract).

    My issue is that the eligibility criteria states that you have to be working and living in the UK for 3 years before your Masters. Will these temporary positions, which are essential for my study, prohibit me from recieving the postgraduate loan?
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    Hi,

    my question is whether I am eligible to recieve a Postgraduate loan for a course in 'Education and International Development' starting in September 2018. I am a UK citizen who has (until recently) worked and paid taxes in the UK. However, in July this year I moved to Colombia to take up a 5 month teaching fellowship in order to gain experience for the Masters course (at least 6 months in a developing country is a requiremnet of the course). I return to the UK in December and then go to Sri Lanka in late January (again for a temporary contract).

    My issue is that the eligibility criteria states that you have to be working and living in the UK for 3 years before your Masters. Will these temporary positions, which are essential for my study, prohibit me from recieving the postgraduate loan?
    Temporary travel and work abroad doesn’t change your residency. As long as you can prove that the trips were for a fixed period of time and you intended to return to the uk then you’ll be fine.
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    (Original post by REC208)
    Hi,

    my question is whether I am eligible to recieve a Postgraduate loan for a course in 'Education and International Development' starting in September 2018. I am a UK citizen who has (until recently) worked and paid taxes in the UK. However, in July this year I moved to Colombia to take up a 5 month teaching fellowship in order to gain experience for the Masters course (at least 6 months in a developing country is a requiremnet of the course). I return to the UK in December and then go to Sri Lanka in late January (again for a temporary contract).

    My issue is that the eligibility criteria states that you have to be working and living in the UK for 3 years before your Masters. Will these temporary positions, which are essential for my study, prohibit me from recieving the postgraduate loan?

    Hi REC208,

    To apply as a UK National you,

    • Must be ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course and
    • be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course


    To apply for Student Support if you have been outside the EU/EEA on a temporary break, you will be required to provide evidence of your temporary break regardless of the length of time you were temporary absent for. You would apply online and send evidence to prove that the break was of a temporary nature, whether it was voluntary work overseas or working abroad on a temporary contact of employment.


    You could send for example a clear copy of temporary visas or work permits and a contract from the employer that clearly shows the employment is of a temporary nature or or a letter from the employer on headed paper confirming temporary employment including dates.We can accept temporary breaks in residency but you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course.Thanks Rona
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    Thanks for the reply. Can you upload documents via the online application? Also, in which section do you mention the overseas travel?

    I have seen that you have to provide your 3 year address history- I assume I detail temporary address' here? Or should I include my parents address which I have used as a corrospondence address?

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    Hi REC208,

    To apply as a UK National you,

    • Must be ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course and
    • be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course


    To apply for Student Support if you have been outside the EU/EEA on a temporary break, you will be required to provide evidence of your temporary break regardless of the length of time you were temporary absent for. You would apply online and send evidence to prove that the break was of a temporary nature, whether it was voluntary work overseas or working abroad on a temporary contact of employment.


    You could send for example a clear copy of temporary visas or work permits and a contract from the employer that clearly shows the employment is of a temporary nature or or a letter from the employer on headed paper confirming temporary employment including dates.We can accept temporary breaks in residency but you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course.Thanks Rona
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    (Original post by REC208)
    Thanks for the reply. Can you upload documents via the online application? Also, in which section do you mention the overseas travel?

    I have seen that you have to provide your 3 year address history- I assume I detail temporary address' here? Or should I include my parents address which I have used as a corrospondence address?
    Hi REC208,

    You would have to send the documents via post to:

    Student Finance England,
    PO Box 210
    Darlington
    DL1 9HJ.

    That is correct, you would include the temporary addresses in there.

    I hope this information helps.

    Kind regards,

    John.
 
 
 
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