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    Good morning,

    I was wondering if it's possible to apply for student finance a year early for my residency requirements - knowing that I'll have completed my 3 year residency requirements by the time I start uni and use the loan next year.

    Background: I'm a British citizen (stated on my passport) but born and raised in South Africa. I've been living here for 2 years now since September 2015 - so I've completed 2/3s of my 3 year residency requirement for student finance.

    Is it at all possible to apply for a 2018 start (by which time I'd have been here for 3 years) or would it be more practical to wait until next year to apply for a 2019 start when I've already met the entirety of my residency before even applying.

    Chris
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    (Original post by Chris John)
    Good morning,

    I was wondering if it's possible to apply for student finance a year early for my residency requirements - knowing that I'll have completed my 3 year residency requirements by the time I start uni and use the loan next year.

    Background: I'm a British citizen (stated on my passport) but born and raised in South Africa. I've been living here for 2 years now since September 2015 - so I've completed 2/3s of my 3 year residency requirement for student finance.

    Is it at all possible to apply for a 2018 start (by which time I'd have been here for 3 years) or would it be more practical to wait until next year to apply for a 2019 start when I've already met the entirety of my residency before even applying.

    Chris
    It's possible - however the residency requirements for a course starting in Autumn 2018 would need to be met ON or before 1 September 2018. So if you only hit 3 years on the 2nd Sept 2018 or later then you wont be eligible for an Autumn 2018 course.
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    (Original post by Chris John)
    Good morning,

    I was wondering if it's possible to apply for student finance a year early for my residency requirements - knowing that I'll have completed my 3 year residency requirements by the time I start uni and use the loan next year.

    Background: I'm a British citizen (stated on my passport) but born and raised in South Africa. I've been living here for 2 years now since September 2015 - so I've completed 2/3s of my 3 year residency requirement for student finance.

    Is it at all possible to apply for a 2018 start (by which time I'd have been here for 3 years) or would it be more practical to wait until next year to apply for a 2019 start when I've already met the entirety of my residency before even applying.

    Chris
    Hi Chris John,

    As a UK National you need to meet the full three years residency requirements.

    UK National
    • 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 qualify for Higher Education support

    That means if your course starts in September 2018, the academic year September 1, 2018

    So you need to have valid residency in the UK
    from September 1, 2015 until September 1, 2018
    and resident in UK on September 1, 2018

    You do not need to meet the residency requirements to apply.

    You can be confident that you can apply online when the 2018 applications are available early next year.

    As yet cannot give you a specific date, check for updates here on The Student Room or follow us on twitter and facebook,

    https://twitter.com/SF_England

    https://www.facebook.com/SFEngland

    Regards Rona
 
 
 
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