Your nationality and residency can affect the finance available to you
This means where you're from, where you currently live and how long you've lived there.
Northern Ireland student or European Union student?
Students eligible for funding from Student Finance NI fall in to one of two groups - 'Northern Ireland students' or 'European Union students'. If you're not eligible for funding as one of these groups, you may be eligible as the other.
The types of finance available to you typically depend on which group are can identify as, the level of qualification your studying for and how you're choosing to study.
Northern Ireland students
'NI students' are not just students from Northern Ireland. Your nationality is important but is not the only consideration.
An NI student is defined as one of the following:
- a UK or Irish Citizen who has normally lived in Northern Ireland and has been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of their course
- a UK national, or are the family member of a UK national, who moved back to the UK after living in the EEA or Switzerland on or before 31 December 2020; and lived in the UK, the EEA, Gibraltar, or Switzerland for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of their course
- an EU national who has been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and will be living in Northern Ireland; and has lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of their course
- someone from outside the UK, European Union or European Economic Area who can identify as one of our eligible residency exception statuses
European Union students
An 'EU student' is defined as an EU national (including Republic of Ireland), or the family member of one, who is not able to identity as an Northern Ireland student as described and:
- has lived in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA including Republic of Ireland or Switzerland for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of their course
- lives in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of their course
If you know which group you are, and how you're choosing to study - you can find out more about the types of finance you could apply for.