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    Got a question about whether you’re eligible for student finance? Our experts are here to help.

    Neil is a Superuser from the Student Loans Company’s Contact Service Centre. Neil has worked in Student Finance England's contact centre department for over seven years and is experienced in answering all types of queries.

    Evan is a Tier 2 finance advisor specialising in Dependant Grants and Disabled Students' Allowance, with three years experience supporting students, universities, sponsors, and SLC's own staff internally.

    Please be aware all answers will be posted on Thursday 15 February.
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    hi im Italian and i have lived in the uk for 5 years.
    i just wanted to know if i am eligible for maintenance and how do i apply for it
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    Hello,

    I’ve been living in the UK for 2 years. It’ll be 3 years in January 2019. My course begins in September. I was wondering if it was possible to qualify for maintenance loan.

    Note: Irish nationality and lived there till 2014
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    Hi I'm a mature student and I'd like to start an Master of Pharmacy (MPHARM) course in September 2018. As it's my 2nd degree, I am not eligible for student finance. I'd appreciate any suggestions as to how I might go about tuition fees funding. Is using a private loan company a good idea? The repayment rates vary. I'm also a mother of 3 children. Any advice is appreciated.
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    hi i have been living in the UK since 2009 and have an indefinate leave to remain in the UK but i left around november 2014 and came back july 2016 for temporary study and am entering university september 2018. am i eligible
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    Hello,
    I was wondering if i am eligible for student maintenance, and if not, is there any other opportunities i can rely on?
    I have lived in the UK for 3 years. The reasoning behind my migration is my dad moving in due to his job, he has lived here for 5 years.
    Thank you very much for your time.
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    (Original post by Italianchica45)
    hi im Italian and i have lived in the uk for 5 years.
    i just wanted to know if i am eligible for maintenance and how do i apply for it
    Hi there,

    you meet the basic residency and nationality criteria! You can apply online for Student Finance, and will be assessed for a Maintenance Loan. You'll also need to meet our other eligibility criteria, which you can find out about here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/stu...ce/eligibility

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    Evan.
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    (Original post by SuzzyG)
    Hello,

    I’ve been living in the UK for 2 years. It’ll be 3 years in January 2019. My course begins in September. I was wondering if it was possible to qualify for maintenance loan.

    Note: Irish nationality and lived there till 2014
    Hi there!

    As an Irish national, you only need three years residency, but you need to complete the residency period before the beginning of your first Academic Year, which for you would be the 1st of September 2018. You can't become eligible for the Maintenance Loan half way through your course if you weren't eligible at the beginning. You may be interested in the Migrant Worker program, if you intend to work during your studies. Read about it here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/stu...igrant-workers It could allow you to claim a Maintenance Loan if you work consistently throughout your study period.

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    Evan.
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    (Original post by Zalmahdi)
    Hi I'm a mature student and I'd like to start an Master of Pharmacy (MPHARM) course in September 2018. As it's my 2nd degree, I am not eligible for student finance. I'd appreciate any suggestions as to how I might go about tuition fees funding. Is using a private loan company a good idea? The repayment rates vary. I'm also a mother of 3 children. Any advice is appreciated.
    Hi Zalmahdi,

    I'm afraid we can't offer you advice on third party funding options, only on Student Finance England support. You can try your prospective university as a source of information on other funding options. If you do study while having a previous, equivalent qualification, you may still be eligible for grant support for your dependant children, which you can read about here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/stu...s-grants-about

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    Evan.
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    (Original post by OL-A)
    hi i have been living in the UK since 2009 and have an indefinate leave to remain in the UK but i left around november 2014 and came back july 2016 for temporary study and am entering university september 2018. am i eligible
    Hi!

    If you have Indefinite Leave to Remain, and you have been ordinarily resident here in the UK since 2009, you will likely be eligible for funding. We will need evidence that your absence from the UK was temporary, for educational reasons. We would accept for example a student visa for your host country, or a letter from your home or host educational institution detailing a fixed term educational exchange. As long as you can provide the evidence you should be eligible. Check our other criteria here, to make sure you meet them also: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/stu...ce/eligibility

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    Evan.
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    (Original post by Monicattj)
    Hello,
    I was wondering if i am eligible for student maintenance, and if not, is there any other opportunities i can rely on?
    I have lived in the UK for 3 years. The reasoning behind my migration is my dad moving in due to his job, he has lived here for 5 years.
    Thank you very much for your time.
    Hi Monica,

    we need to know a little more about you before we can tell you if you are eligible, but if you are it will be via the Migrant Worker program. You can read about that here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/stu...igrant-workers As you can see, your father will need to be an EEA national and in consistent employment throughout your studies.

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    Evan.
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    (Original post by Student Money Week 2018)
    Got a question about whether you’re eligible for student finance? Our experts are here to help.

    Neil is a Superuser from the Student Loans Company’s Contact Service Centre. Neil has worked in Student Finance England's contact centre department for over seven years and is experienced in answering all types of queries.

    Evan is a Tier 2 finance advisor specialising in Dependant Grants and Disabled Students' Allowance, with three years experience supporting students, universities, sponsors, and SLC's own staff internally.

    Please be aware all answers will be posted on Thursday 15 February.
    Hiya! I'm 17 and i'm attending a sixth form in the UK studying my A-levels.

    Am i eligible for a student loan?
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    Hi Jess,

    I'm afraid to say that our Advanced Learner Loans, which can apply to A Levels, are only available to those aged 19 or over at the start of their course. As a 17 year old, we would not be able to support you.

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    Evan.
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    Thanks. I got in touch with student finance and they said the sane thing so i got a letter from my school abroad stating when I entered the school and when i graduated from the school, stamped and signed by the principal of the school and addressed to student finance. I also got the certificate of the exam i took over there as well as my academic transcript and testimonial.
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    (Original post by OL-A)
    Thanks. I got in touch with student finance and they said the sane thing so i got a letter from my school abroad stating when I entered the school and when i graduated from the school, stamped and signed by the principal of the school and addressed to student finance. I also got the certificate of the exam i took over there as well as my academic transcript and testimonial.
    Hi,

    can you tell me why you were living in the country you were in, during those years? Was it solely for the purposes of education, while your family remained in the UK?

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    Evan.
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    (Original post by Evan SLC)
    Hi!

    If you have Indefinite Leave to Remain, and you have been ordinarily resident here in the UK since 2009, you will likely be eligible for funding. We will need evidence that your absence from the UK was temporary, for educational reasons. We would accept for example a student visa for your host country, or a letter from your home or host educational institution detailing a fixed term educational exchange. As long as you can provide the evidence you should be eligible. Check our other criteria here, to make sure you meet them also: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/stu...ce/eligibility

    Thanks,

    Evan.


    Hi thanks for the reply, when i spoke to student finance, they said the same thing, so i got my institution to write a letter explaining the dates i entered the school and when i graduated. I also got my academic transcript l, testimonial which shows when i entered the institution and when i graduated, as well as my certificate of the exams i took while i was there.
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    (Original post by Evan SLC)
    Hi,

    can you tell me why you were living in the country you were in, during those years? Was it solely for the purposes of education, while your family remained in the UK?

    Thanks,

    Evan.


    Hi, i went there mainly for education while my family remained here in the UK. It was also my home country Nigeria
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    (Original post by OL-A)
    Hi, i went there mainly for education while my family remained here in the UK. It was also my home country Nigeria
    Hi,

    you may be asked to show evidence that your family remained in the UK, and that your education was the only reason for your absence, rather than one among several. Living for several years in your country of origin may not be considered temporary simply because you attended education while there. Our assessors will decide such an issue on a case-by-case basis.

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    Evan.
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