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If you are a student from an EU country, you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan . Please check the  GOV.UK website for the latest updates.

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

The deadline is nine months after the first day of the course's academic year. Academic years begin on 1 September, 1 January, 1 April and 1 July.

For further information on EU student funding, please contact the non-UK finance team at Student Finance England (SFE) on +44 141 243 3570 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.
  • Since 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.
  • 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.

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

Living cost support (maintenance loan)

EU students cannot usually get funding to help with living costs.

However, if they fulfil specific residency criteria, they may be able to apply for a maintenance loan, as UK students can.

Therefore, 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 prior to the first day of the first academic year of their course (usually 1 September if it starts in the autumn term) to be able to apply. For example, if your course begins on 20 September 2019, you must have lived in the UK since 1 September 2014.

Academic years start on 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July. Check with the University if you are unsure.

* Students who started studying in higher education prior to 2016/17 come under the three year residency rule. The increased five year 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.

EU migrant workers

Some EU and Swiss worker students may be able to take out full UK Government student funding (maintenance loan and tuition fee loan). This would mean being classed as an EU migrant worker. However, the rules are complex and subject to strict residency regulations.

The initial eligibility criteria is you must have arrived in the UK before the first day of the first academic year of your course (usually 1 September if it starts in the autumn term). You must also be working to apply under migrant worker status. However, this doesn't guarantee you will get a maintenance loan. Student Finance need to be satisfied with your level of income and type of work (it cannot be related to your course/university). Please seek advice through the University's student funding team or UKCISA before applying.

University bursary - full-time students only

To be eligible for the University bursary, you must have UK fee status. This means Student Finance have assess you for full UK funding under the five year residency* rule or as a migrant worker at the beginning of the academic year.

New entrants who fulfil this criteria must have completed the PN1 application form and returned it to Student Finance England by 24 May 2019. Any delay in returning forms may result in the household income not being available when the bursary assessment is being made, which may make you ineligible.

For more information, please contact the bursary team:

Support grants

If you are assessed by Student Finance as a migrant worker, or fulfil the residency criteria and are eligible for and received your full student funding (maintenance loan), you may then be able to apply to our non-repayable grants from the University.

EU and international support grant

If you are an EU or international student experiencing a short-term financial emergency which is unforeseen and beyond your control, you should 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.

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Important information for EU nationals and Brexit

The rules will remain unchanged for EU nationals, or their family members, applying for a course at Solent in autumn 2019.  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 2019/20 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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