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If you are a student from an EU country, you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan and a University bursary. Please note, not all forms for 2018/19 are available yet. Please keep checking the GOV.UK website for the latest updates.

EU university bursary - full-time students only

Students applying from the European Union will need to make sure they return their Initial Application form (EUPR1A) to the Student Loans Company by the end of June to ensure they automatically receive the European Bursary form (EU18B).

If the application is submitted late, they will need to request a European bursary form directly from the Student Loans Company.

The European bursary form must be received by the Student Loans Company by the third week in September to give them time to process the paperwork. Any delay in returning forms may result in the household income not being available when the bursary assessment is being made, which will make you ineligible.

All evidence supporting the European bursary form should be in its original language, and a UK bank account is not required to make the application.

For more information, please contact the bursaries team:

Tuition fee loans

You can apply for your tuition fee loan by completing the relevant forms, depending on if you are a new or returning student.

Apply for a tuition fee loan

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

Certifier checklist

Evidence factsheet

If you need to make a change to your application you need to complete either EUC01 or the tuition fee loan request form:


Tuition fee loan request form

For further information on EU student funding, please contact the EU finance team at Student Finance England (SFE) on +44 1412 433 570 or visit the GOV.UK website.

Part-time EU students

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

  • New and returning EU part-time entrants can apply for a part-time tuition fee loan.
  • Returning EU part-time students who started their course before 2012 may receive a fee grant (non-repayable) to help with the costs of their tuition fees.
  • From 2018/19, part-time EU students who fulfil the eligibility criteria* (ie, a five-year residency or a migrant worker) for full UK funding may be able to apply for a maintenance loan for living costs as well as the fee loan.

To find out more about part-time funding, please visit the GOV.UK website.

EU migrant workers*

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 / Swiss worker or have fulfilled the residency criteria and are eligible for and received your full student funding, you may then be able to apply to the non-repayable grants from the University.

EU and International Support Grant

If you are experiencing a short term financial emergency which is unforeseen and beyond your control then you should come and see the student 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. 

Latest news and updates

Changes to living cost support

The UK Government increased the residency requirement* that EU nationals must meet in order to be eligible for a living cost loan.  EU nationals who started their courses from the 2016/17 academic year onwards are required to demonstrate five years’ residency in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Students who started studying in higher education prior to 2016/17 are not be affected by these changes.

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

Important information for EU nationals and regarding Student Finance in England following the EU referendum

The rules will remain unchanged for EU nationals, or their family members, applying for a course at Solent in autumn 2018.  The Student Loans Company (SLC) will assess applications against existing eligibility requirements, and will provide loans/grants in the normal way.

The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the 2018/19 academic year.

EU nationals (or their family members) who are currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the Student Loans Company, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course.

Read Solent University's statement

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