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Hi,

I have completed a new application for the maintenance loan, for the next academic year. I have not submitted it yet, only because of uncertainty regarding the eligibility. Given the new eligibility rules for home fee status and student finance for the 2021 to 2022 academic year, it seems that my current application should be considered differently than in the previous years. I am an EU citizen and my course has begun in September 2018, over three years after I moved to the United Kingdom.

At that time, I was only eligible to apply for the maintenance loan based on the EEA migrant worker status. However, taking into account that from the next academic year, at least three years of residency in England and a settled status is sufficient to be treated as a student with home fee status, I believe that my applications should no longer be considered on the basis of EEA migrant worker status.

I have emphasized these facts only because I was not asked to share a code of my settled status during the process of completing my new application. I have only seen a notification that came up on my screen stating that my application will be based on the same conditions as in the previous years. Therefore, right now I am confused because I do not know how can I prove that I am eligible to apply for the maintenance loan based on these new criteria that were published by the Department of Education in December 2020.

From a broader context, I also want to say that in September 2018, when my course began, the residency criteria were set for at least 5 years and no settled status was required. Right now they have been lowered to 3 years only if a student holds a settled status. Could someone please provide an explanation of how these new applications are assessed if I am not even asked to provide any information about my settled status? Am I even eligible to apply for the maintenance loan as a home student?

Thanks a lot for your time.
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Hi,

I have completed a new application for the maintenance loan, for the next academic year. I have not submitted it yet, only because of uncertainty regarding the eligibility. Given the new eligibility rules for home fee status and student finance for the 2021 to 2022 academic year, it seems that my current application should be considered differently than in the previous years. I am an EU citizen and my course has begun in September 2018, over three years after I moved to the United Kingdom.

At that time, I was only eligible to apply for the maintenance loan based on the EEA migrant worker status. However, taking into account that from the next academic year, at least three years of residency in England and a settled status is sufficient to be treated as a student with home fee status, I believe that my applications should no longer be considered on the basis of EEA migrant worker status.

I have emphasized these facts only because I was not asked to share a code of my settled status during the process of completing my new application. I have only seen a notification that came up on my screen stating that my application will be based on the same conditions as in the previous years. Therefore, right now I am confused because I do not know how can I prove that I am eligible to apply for the maintenance loan based on these new criteria that were published by the Department of Education in December 2020.

From a broader context, I also want to say that in September 2018, when my course began, the residency criteria were set for at least 5 years and no settled status was required. Right now they have been lowered to 3 years only if a student holds a settled status. Could someone please provide an explanation of how these new applications are assessed if I am not even asked to provide any information about my settled status? Am I even eligible to apply for the maintenance loan as a home student?

Thanks a lot for your time.
Hi, if you were in the UK from the 01/09/2015 - 01/09/2018 and you now have settled status then you can apply as a home student. You should apply to SFE and upload your share code and home office letter.
Thanks, Isaac
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