Full-time undergraduate students
If you’re having to study online from home in 2020 to 2021 rather than attending your course on campus at your university or college, you’ll still be entitled to a Maintenance Loan and any grants you qualify for. Your student finance will be paid to you as normal, as if you were studying on site at your university or college.
If your circumstances have changed and you’ll now be living at home with parents rather than in your own accommodation, you’ll need to update your living location details in your online account. You’ll also need to update your application if you were supposed to be studying abroad this year but will now be staying in the UK to study online with your overseas provider.
You need to make sure we have the correct information about where you’ll be living each term, otherwise you may have to repay any funding you have been overpaid. You can update this information by signing in to your online account now.
If you’re unable to be in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of your course, you’ll be considered as ‘temporarily absent’. You’ll still be eligible for student finance so long as you meet all other eligibility criteria.
This exception has only been put in place due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, you should travel to the UK to attend your course once it is safe to do so.
What type of student are you?
Where you're from and where you live also helps determine what kinds of funding you can get. Read both the options and decide which one applies to you.
Northern Ireland student
Northern Ireland students or 'NI students' are not just students from Northern Ireland. Your nationality is important but is not the only consideration. You're an NI student if you're any of the following:
- a UK or ROI national who has been living in Northern Ireland for 3 years before the start date of your course
- an EU national who has been living in Northern Ireland for 3 years before the start date of your course
- an eligible exception residency type such as a refugee, stateless person or humanitarian protection
If you're not able to identify as a Northern Ireland student you may still be eligible for funding as a European Union student.See what finance is available
European Union student (including ROI)
EU students are from the European Union, including the Republic of Ireland (ROI), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and all of the following:
- not able to identify as a Northern Ireland student
- lived in the EU including the Republic of Ireland, EEA or Switzerland for at least 3 years before the start date of your course
- will live in Northern Ireland on or before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
If you're not able to identify as either a Northern Ireland student or European Union student you may not be eligible for funding from Student Finance NI. Your university or college may be able to tell you about possible alternative sources of funding.See what finance is available
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