KlaaraBell
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Hello,
I've had to apply for my student finance this year through the EEA migrant worker scheme, as I will not have been living in England for 5 years by the time my course begins. However, by the time second year begins, I will have been living in the UK for over 5 years, and will most likely be granted the indefinite leave to remain. Therefore I would like to know if I would be able to apply for student finance in my second year as a UK student. With my current status, my student finance income is only secure if I am in continuous employment and able to immediately prove so. This is good for now, but having to look for a work based experience, related to my subject in the future, the security of a long term employment, hence eligibility for the finance through the EEA migrant worker scheme might be in jeopardy. As a UK student, I wouldn't have to worry about being continuously employed or being in between jobs for time being, whilst looking for apprenticeships, work based experience, etc. if I understand correctly.

Thank you, Klara.
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Hi KlaaraBell,

We assess your residency at the beginning of the course, not each academic year. If you did not meet the requirements of your course then we wouldn't be able to assess you as a home student based on 5 years residency in the UK.

Do you mean you would have Indefinite Leave to Remain under the EU settlement scheme?

Thanks, Tégan
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Yeas, indefinite leave to remain under the EU settlement scheme. Thank you.
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Okay,

At the moment the EU settlement scheme does not impact your finance. To continue receiving the Maintenance Loan you would need to continue applying as a Migrant Worker due to your employment in the UK.

Thanks, Tégan
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Okay,

At the moment the EU settlement scheme does not impact your finance. To continue receiving the Maintenance Loan you would need to continue applying as a Migrant Worker due to your employment in the UK.

Thanks, Tégan
Hi Tégan,
I read that it might be possible to be re-assessed, is this correct?
If I have to re-apply each year for student finance why isn't it based on the circumstances at that time?
I've read a little into the legislation but nothing states clearly that it is based on the point of course start rather than a application point

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Klara
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Hi,

To apply as a home student the criteria is 'Have 5 years residency in the UK prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course'. You can find out more about the residency criteria for applying for funding here.

Whilst you apply each year for funding to confirm you are continuing with your course, you are assessed as a returning student. Your eligibility for the full course is checked at the beginning of your first academic year.

Thanks, Tégan
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