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    My daughter is taking a gap year in Australia where she will get some relevant work experience, we leave in Aug 2018, she will return in Aug 2019 and start a uni course in Sept 2019.

    My questions:
    1. Is she eligible for tuition fee loan and maintenance loans if she has been out of the UK for a year and if we (her parents) remain in Australia? or would she be classed as an international student?

    2. If she returns within 12 months of leaving in Aug 2018 will she eligible?
    3. Does it make any difference if we (here parents) are in the UK or not?
    4.If she is in Australia getting extended work experience for 2 years, would she be eligible for tuition fee loan and maintenance loans or would she be classed as an international student?

    thanks.
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    (Original post by David Felton)
    My daughter is taking a gap year in Australia where she will get some relevant work experience, we leave in Aug 2018, she will return in Aug 2019 and start a uni course in Sept 2019.

    My questions:
    1. Is she eligible for tuition fee loan and maintenance loans if she has been out of the UK for a year and if we (her parents) remain in Australia? or would she be classed as an international student?

    2. If she returns within 12 months of leaving in Aug 2018 will she eligible?
    3. Does it make any difference if we (here parents) are in the UK or not?
    4.If she is in Australia getting extended work experience for 2 years, would she be eligible for tuition fee loan and maintenance loans or would she be classed as an international student?

    thanks.
    Hi David,

    To qualify for Higher Education support as a home student, they must meet the following standard 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.

    Depending on the circumstances the student may be eligible to apply for Student Support if they have been outside the EU/EEA on a temporary break. Students will be required to provide evidence of their temporary break regardless of the length of time they were temporary absent for.


    What could be classed as a temporary break?
    • Gap Year
    • Holiday
    • Voluntary Work overseas


    Acceptable Evidence
    • A letter from HEI confirming gap year.
    • A letter from the employer on headed paper confirming temporary employment including dates.
    • A contract from the employer that clearly shows the employment is of a temporary nature.
    • Temporary visas or work permits.

    The evidence will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

    The student's parents would not be required to be resident in the UK in order for the student to be eligible for finance.

    Thanks

    Louise
 
 
 

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