EU student funding

If you are a student from an EU country, you may be eligible to apply for:

For further information on EU student funding, please contact the EU Team at Student Finance England (SFE) on +44 1412 433 570 or find more contact information here: www.gov.uk/contact-student-finance-england.

Full-time EU students 

You can apply for your funding by completing the relevant form:

If you cannot send your original passport/ID and want to send copies you must have completed:

If you need to make a change to your application you need to complete:

Part-time EU students

Application forms for part-time funding are usually available from the summer before you start your course. 

New EU part-time entrants can apply for:

  • part-time tuition fee loan (repayable). FORMS AVAILABLE SOON. 

Returning EU part-time students who started their course on or after 1 September 2012 are eligible for:

  • a tuition fee loan (repayable) FORMS AVAILABLE SOON.

Returning EU part-time students who started their course before 2012 can receive:

  • a fee grant (non-repayable) to help with the costs of their tuition fees. FORMS AVAILABLE SOON.

UK government update as of 1 March 2016

The UK Government is increasing the residency requirement that EU nationals must meet in order to be eligible for living cost support. EU nationals that start their courses in the 2016/17 academic year onwards will be required to demonstrate five years’ residency in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

Students who are already studying in higher education will not be affected by these changes.

The increased residency requirement will not apply to UK nationals to whom the existing three year residency rule will continue to apply. EEA migrant workers and their family members are also not affected by this change.

Are you eligible for full UK funding?

Some EU and Swiss worker students may be able to take out full UK government student funding. This would mean being classed as an EU migrant worker. However, it is complex and subject to many criteria and strict residency regulations. Please seek advice through the University's student funding team or UKCISA before applying.  

If you are assessed by SFE as an EU migrant worker or Swiss worker and are eligible for and received your student funding, you may then be able to apply to the Access to Learning Fund (a non-repayable grant from the University).

EU and International Access Fund

If you are experiencing a short term financial emergency which is unforeseen and beyond your control then you should come and see the Funding Team in the first instance. You will need to demonstrate that you had initially made adequate financial arrangements to support yourself throughout your studies, including paying your tuition fees and that your current situation is temporary. 

Update as of 11 September 2015 

Important information for EU migrant workers 

EU students who receive UK funding as a Migrant Worker 

Since the 2015/16 academic year, migrant worker funding, for both maintenance and tuition fees, will be released on a ‘per term’ basis. This means migrant worker students or their family member (depending on their eligibility status for funding) will need to provide evidence of their continuous employment at the start of each term.

For full information please see: 

You can also download our leaflet on EU funding which will give you more information on your eligibility.