EU students – how to apply

You should fill in a paper application form and send it to us at the following address:

Student Finance Services
Student Loans Company
PO Box 89
County Durham
United Kingdom

The application forms will be available to download at 

You should apply as early as possible to make sure you get your student finance in time for the start of your course. This might mean applying before you have a confirmed place at university or college, but you should still apply using your first choice and change it later if you need to.

When you apply for student finance you'll need to agree to our terms and conditions


The first time you apply you’ll be asked for proof of identity.

You should send us one of the following:

  • your passport
  • your National Identity card

It’s important that you send this as quickly as possible to avoid any delay in your application being processed.

The evidence you send can be certified copies or original documents. A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been verified by a person of good standing in the community who is not related to you.

Examples of people who can certify your identity evidence include:

  • a doctor
  • a lawyer
  • a civil servant
  • a teacher or lecturer

The person certifying your identity evidence must sign, stamp and date the document and provide all the following information:

  • name
  • job title
  • email address
  • telephone number (including international dialling code)
  • address

You should download and complete a 'Certifier checklist form' and return it to us with any certified copies of evidence you send us.

Changing your details

If any of your details change after you’ve applied for student finance, you must tell your university or college and us as soon as possible. You should download an EUCO1 form at and send it to us.

More information

The international office at your university or college will be able to help you with general questions about coming to the UK to study.

You can call us on (+44) (0) 141 243 3570 if you need help with your application or working out what you can apply for. You can call us from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

You can also tweet us @SF_England or ask us a question on Facebook/SFEngland