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EU nationals who have lived in the UK for 3 years

Hi! I've read here that EU nationals who have lived in the UK for the 3 years prior to the start of their course can apply as a UK student and submit evidence to show they have been resident for this period and they will be assessed the same as a UK student. However, I called Student Finance today and they told me that I have to wait 5 years for my EU settled-status to be able to apply as a UK student. Right now I am applying as a migrant worker for an undergraduate course.
I was wondering if someone could help me understand this a bit more. Did the rules change overtime?
Thank you beforehand.
(edited 5 months ago)
Original post by JavierGarna
Hi! I've read here that EU nationals who have lived in the UK for the 3 years prior to the start of their course can apply as a UK student and submit evidence to show they have been resident for this period and they will be assessed the same as a UK student. However, I called Student Finance today and they told me that I have to wait 5 years for my EU settled-status to be able to apply as a UK student. Right now I am applying as a migrant worker.
I was wondering if someone could help me understand this a bit more. Did the rules change overtime?
Thank you beforehand.

Hi there. To apply for the home student funding, you need to have settled status and 3 years residency in the UK.

If you have pre-settled status, you can apply for the Maintenance Loan + Tuition fees if you apply as a Migrant Worker. You need to have 3 years residency in the UK to apply for this as well.

More information on eligibility can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/eu-students

Information on Migrant Worker's can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/finance/student-finance-england/student-finance-migrant-workers

The residency criteria can change overtime. Thanks, Leah.
Hi JavierGarna,

You need to have settled status under the EU settlement scheme in the UK to be eligible for Home student funding if you are an EU national

However, you can still be eligible for a maintenance loan if you have pre-settled status if you apply as a Migrant Worker

Thanks,
Calum
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Original post by Leah SLC
Hi there. To apply for the home student funding, you need to have settled status and 3 years residency in the UK.

If you have pre-settled status, you can apply for the Maintenance Loan + Tuition fees if you apply as a Migrant Worker. You need to have 3 years residency in the UK to apply for this as well.

More information on eligibility can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/eu-students

Information on Migrant Worker's can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/finance/student-finance-england/student-finance-migrant-workers

The residency criteria can change overtime. Thanks, Leah.

Thank you very much for your response.

Unfortunately, I was not aware of the settled status requirement to apply for funding as a UK student. I classify as a EU migrant worker, and I was supposed to be working from september to october in order to get my second student finance payment. I did not know this and I did not work enough. Is there something I could do to not be penalised for this...?

Thank you.
Original post by JavierGarna
Thank you very much for your response.

Unfortunately, I was not aware of the settled status requirement to apply for funding as a UK student. I classify as a EU migrant worker, and I was supposed to be working from september to october in order to get my second student finance payment. I did not know this and I did not work enough. Is there something I could do to not be penalised for this...?

Thank you.

Hi JavierGarna,

No, if you are an EU national and do not have settled status and have not been working at the required level you will not be eligible for a maintenance loan

Thanks,
Calum

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