EU Settlement Scheme

If you’re an EU student starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. This does not apply to students who are Irish citizens.

The application deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021, but you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

However, there may be applicants for student finance for the 2021 to 2022 academic year and beyond, who have reasonable grounds for making a late application to the EUSS. There may also be some applicants who have made an in-time EUSS application but are still waiting on a final decision on their status from the Home Office, including those that have lodged an appeal.

Once a valid application has been made to the EUSS (evidenced by receipt of a certificate of application (COA)), the applicant will have temporary protection, pending the outcome of that application.

If you’re coming to the UK to join family members who have settled or pre-settled status, you can apply for student finance before you have been granted pre-settled status.

For more information visit the EU Settlement Scheme information guide on