Part-time EU students – what’s available

Most EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses on or after 1 August 2021 will not be eligible for support from Student Finance England. Students whose courses start before 1 August 2021 will continue to get student finance for the rest of their course. Find out more on GOV.UK


Lots of students from overseas choose to study in the UK. If you’re an EU national studying part time in England, you might be able to get help to cover your tuition fees.

How much you can get depends on:

  • how much your university or college charges
  • whether you’re studying at a publicly or privately-funded university or college
  • when you started your course

Courses starting from 1 September 2012

  Tuition Fee Loan for the 2020/21 academic year Tuition Fee Loan for the 2021/22 academic year
Publicly-funded university or college Up to £6,935 Up to £6,935
Privately-funded university or college Up to £4,625 Up to £4,625

Some courses at private universities and colleges might cost more than the maximum loan available. It’s up to you to pay anything over this.

You have to pay back any loans you borrow, but not until you’ve finished or left your course and your income is over the repayment threshold.

Courses starting before 1 September 2012

If you started your course before 1 September 2012, you can get a Fee Grant of up to:

  • £1,442 for academic year 2020/21
  • £1,401 for academic year 2019/20

How much you can get depends on your household income and course intensity.

Course intensity

Course intensity is how long it takes to complete a part-time course compared to the equivalent full-time course.

If you started your course on or after 1 September 2012, you must be studying at an intensity of at least 25% to get a Tuition Fee Loan.

If you started your course before 1 September 2012, you must be studying at an intensity of at least 50% to get a Fee Grant.

This is worked out by taking the number of part-time units you’ll be studying in the academic year and dividing it by the number of units you would complete in one academic year if you were studying your course full time.

For example:
60 part-time units ÷ 120 full-time units x 100
= 50% course intensity