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Spouse of British national finance eligibility

Hi,


I am non EU spouse of British national. My visa status is Spouse - leave to remain.
I have been in the UK for 3 years and 8 months. I want to apply for a course that starts next September, and then I will be in the UK for 4 years and 6 months. I only want tuition free loan. Am I eligible at all?
Original post by Milicat
Hi,


I am non EU spouse of British national. My visa status is Spouse - leave to remain.
I have been in the UK for 3 years and 8 months. I want to apply for a course that starts next September, and then I will be in the UK for 4 years and 6 months. I only want tuition free loan. Am I eligible at all?

Hi there, our regulations for the 2021/22 academic year have not been released yet, however the government has released information regarding eligibility for new EU students who are starting university in the 2021/22 academic year. You can read this information here http://ow.ly/S3Ty30qSFeW

Thanks, Isaac
Reply 2
Original post by SFE Isaac
regarding eligibility for new EU students

Thank you Isaac, but this doesn't answer my question. I am NON EU.
Original post by Milicat
Thank you Isaac, but this doesn't answer my question. I am NON EU.

Yes you are non EU but you would only be entitled to apply as a family member of an EU National to receive EU funding. However as EU funding is not going to exist next year, we do not know the new regulations.

You will need to be eligible to apply for home student funding but we don't currently know how this affects family members of EU/UK Nationals.
I advise you to contact us again early next year and we will be able to advise on your eligibility.
Thanks, Isaac
Reply 4
I have already started my course in September, now applied for EU funding only tuition fees. My husband is british and I have been living in the UK for 5 years now ,I obtained my settled status in November this year. I spoke to somebody on the phone prior to applying I was told that I won't be eligible as my British husband does not count as an EU national.However, I applied and now waiting for response. Could you explain if I am eligible or not.
Original post by Shima900
I have already started my course in September, now applied for EU funding only tuition fees. My husband is british and I have been living in the UK for 5 years now ,I obtained my settled status in November this year. I spoke to somebody on the phone prior to applying I was told that I won't be eligible as my British husband does not count as an EU national.However, I applied and now waiting for response. Could you explain if I am eligible or not.

With leave to remain status you are not eligible for home student funding.

You are only eligible for EU funding based on being a family member of an EU/UK National currently but this will change next year.
Thanks, Isaac
Reply 6
Can I get any updates please? I don't want to apply for the course and end up disappointed because I cannot get funding. I already had that experience and I don't want to do that to myself.
As I can see from @Shima900 post, I won't be able to get finance for my course fees even when I get remain to leave?
It's so unfair, makes me wonder why I came to this country at all. Am I supposed to work for minimum wage forever???
Original post by Milicat
Can I get any updates please? I don't want to apply for the course and end up disappointed because I cannot get funding. I already had that experience and I don't want to do that to myself.
As I can see from @Shima900 post, I won't be able to get finance for my course fees even when I get remain to leave?
It's so unfair, makes me wonder why I came to this country at all. Am I supposed to work for minimum wage forever???

Hi, the eligibility criteria has been released.

You will need to meet the criteria listed here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/studying-in-the-uk-guidance-for-eu-students (scroll to the bottom).


You can also view the full eligibility criteria here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-finance-eligibility-2021-to-2022-academic-year

Do you have pre settled status or only leave to remain status?
Thanks, Isaac
Reply 8
Hi Isaac,

Thanks for your reply.

My residence permit says my status is: Spouse visa -leave to remain until July 2022.
I cannot apply for settlement yet.
I guess that means I won't be able to get any financial support?
I need help with paying my fees only.

It's really frustrating because I don't know should I apply for the course at all.
(edited 3 years ago)
Original post by Milicat
Hi Isaac,

Thanks for your reply.

Muly residence permit says my status is: Spouse visa -leave to remain until July 2022.
I cannot apply for settlement yet.
I guess that means I won't be able to get any financial support?
I need help with paying my fees only.

It's really frustrating because I don't know should I apply for the course at all.

The new eligibility criteria states:

Family members of UK nationals living in the UK

Family members of UK nationals resident in the UK will qualify for home fee status and
tuition fee support from Student Finance England on the basis of 3 years ordinary
residence in the UK and the Islands. They must also be undertaking a designated course
in England.


However I don't know if this applies if you have leave to remain status.

We are receiving training on the 21/22 year next week so I will query this and get back to you on Wednesday.
Thanks, Isaac
Reply 10
Thank you so much Isaac!
Original post by Milicat
Thank you so much Isaac!

You're welcome :smile: I hope you have a nice weekend.
Original post by Milicat
Thank you so much Isaac!

Hi, I don't have a full response to provide yet but I aim to respond by the end of the week.
Thanks, Isaac
Original post by Milicat
Thank you so much Isaac!

Hi, you will be required to show you have 3 years residency in the UK, 3 years lawful status and provide your ID, your marriage certificate and your spouses ID. I advise you to apply as soon as the application launches so our assessors can review your case.
Thanks, Isaac
Reply 14
Original post by SFE Isaac
Hi, you will be required to show you have 3 years residency in the UK, 3 years lawful status and provide your ID, your marriage certificate and your spouses ID. I advise you to apply as soon as the application launches so our assessors can review your case.
Thanks, Isaac

Thank you so much.
So you think I would be eligible for student finance? I will apply soon.
Original post by Milicat
Thank you so much.
So you think I would be eligible for student finance? I will apply soon.

If you can provide all of that evidence then yes. I advise you to apply in March and then our assessors will let you know.
Thanks, Isaac
Hello Isaac, I relocated to the Uk on the 19th of September 2017 on a spouse visa and I have been living in the uk till date. I am due to apply for my ILR 06/23 Do you think I will be classified a home student and also eligible for student finance? I intend to apply in September for a foundation course. Looking forward to your reply.
Original post by Ann Akuruka
Hello Isaac, I relocated to the Uk on the 19th of September 2017 on a spouse visa and I have been living in the uk till date. I am due to apply for my ILR 06/23 Do you think I will be classified a home student and also eligible for student finance? I intend to apply in September for a foundation course. Looking forward to your reply.

Hi Ann,

In order to determine your eligibility, please confirm:

1. Which university and course you are looking to start your studies with?
2. How old you are.
3. Your nationality and current status in the UK.
4. Any previous study and qualifications you may hold.


Thanks, Isaac
Reply 18
Hey everyone,
I just wanted to share my feedback because I know there is many of us with similar problem and there is so much misleading information out there.

Long story short, if your are non EU spouse of UK citizen, you qualify tor home fees and tuition fee loan after 3 years living in the UK.

I applied for Masters, got an offer but they wanted me to pay as International student. I submitted an appeal to the University and got my tuition fee reduced. Getting my loan approved took a little bit longer but it was all ok in the end.
I will graduate soon and I couldn't be happier. Good luck everyone!

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