Full-time undergraduate students

EU students starting courses in 2021/22

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 is 30 June 2021, but you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

It’s important that you’re aware of this requirement before applying for student finance, otherwise you will not be eligible for funding from us.

You should visit the EU Settlement Scheme information guide on GOV.uk for more information on how to apply.

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 Irish Citizen and been living in UK & Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course
    • have been granted settled status and been living in UK & Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course
    • have been granted settled status under the EU settlement scheme (or pre-settled status if you are an EU national) and been living in UK & Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course

    You will also need to live in Northern Ireland on or before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

    You can also have 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 EU Nationals from the European Union or a family member of an EU National and all the following apply:

    • you are not able to identify as a Northern Ireland student
    • you have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme
    • you have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA (including the Republic of Ireland) or Switzerland for at least 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course
    • you will be studying in Northern Ireland

    If you are a Family member of a UK national or person of Northern Ireland you may be able to apply for funding under a European Student.

    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