Tuition Fee Loan Full-time undergraduate, EU students
2. Who can get this loan?
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The following can contribute to your eligibility for a Tuition Fee Loan for full-time undergraduate European Union students.
Nationality or residency
You may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan as an EU student if all of the following apply to you:
- you're a EU national, or the family member of an EU national
- you've been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years before the start of your course
- you'll live in Northern Ireland on or before the first day of the first year of your course, unless COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent you from doing so
By ordinarily resident we mean you normally live in the EEA, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
If you have lived in the UK or Republic of Ireland for 3 years or more
Some students from the EU may be able to apply for full-time undergraduate student finance as a Northern Ireland (NI) student, this could mean you'll be able to get additional funding to help with your living costs, childcare or costs related to a disability or long-term health condition.
You may be able to apply for full-time undergraduate student finance as an NI student if you're an EU national, or the family member of one, who has lived in the Northern Ireland for at least 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course.
Find out more about undergraduate student finance available available to NI students.
There is no upper or lower age limit for a Tuition Fee Loan.
To qualify for this loan your course must result in one of the following qualifications:
- a first degree, for example, a BA, BSc or BEd
- a Foundation Degree
- a Certificate of Higher Education
- a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
- a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
- a Higher National Diploma (HND)
- a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
Your university or college will be able to confirm the course's qualification.
Place of study
Your place of study can be private or public, however it must be a Northern Irish based university or college and you need to study at least 50% of your course in Northern Ireland. Both your course and place of study must be eligible for funding from us.
Your university or college will be able to confirm their eligibility for funding from us.
You won’t normally be able to get student finance if you already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you are studying for. You can usually only get student finance for your first higher education course. If you have already studied a higher-education course, you might not get help for a second course.
If you've previously studied a course at this qualification level you may not get funding, even if your previous course was self-funded.