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British citizen living abroad postgraduate loan eligibility

Hi,

I'm a British citizen, with fully British parents, who has been living in Germany since early childhood, and I'm worried about not meeting the main requirements for receiving a postgraduate student loan.

I tick the British citizen box, but I do not live in the UK and haven't exactly been permanently living there the past 3 years other than when I was studying my undergraduate course from 2019-2022, which was temporary in student housing.

During my undergraduate degree, I was eligible for both an undergraduate loan and a maintenance loan where I paid the home fee status.

I've heard back from one postgraduate course so far, and they consider me a home fee student as well.

I'm just worried I'll accept my place on the course, only to find out I can't take out a student loan because I'm not a UK resident.

If I could get some advice on my very specific situation, I'd greatly appreciate it!
Hi there,

Where you born in the UK or have been settled in the UK since birth at some point? Have you been living in Germany for the last 3 years and when do you plan to move to the UK. When does your course start?

Thanks, Drew
Original post by Drew SLC
Hi there,
Where you born in the UK or have been settled in the UK since birth at some point? Have you been living in Germany for the last 3 years and when do you plan to move to the UK. When does your course start?
Thanks, Drew

Hi Drew,

Yes, I was born in the UK and lived there until 2005, but moved to Germany due my father's work relocation. My home in Germany has been my permanent residence since 2005. I lived in student housing in the UK from 2019-2022 and then rented and worked in the UK between July 2022 and June 2023. I then returned to Germany July 2023 and planed to study my postgraduate September 2024.
Hi there,

You will be eligible for funding as you are a UK national and have exercised your right to reside. You will need to be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of their course.

Thanks, Drew
Original post by Drew SLC
Hi there,
You will be eligible for funding as you are a UK national and have exercised your right to reside. You will need to be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of their course.
Thanks, Drew

Hi Drew,

Thank you so much! You've been a great help.
You're welcome. If you have any further questions you can ask us on this platform.

Thanks, Drew

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