Tuition Fee Grant Part-time undergraduate, European Union students

2. Who can get this grant

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The following can contribute to your eligibility for a Tuition Fee Grant for part-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 have pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme (if you are an Irish Citizen you do not need this)
  • you've been ordinarily resident in the UK, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years before the start of your course

By ordinarily resident we mean you normally live in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA or Switzerland apart from temporary or occasional absences.

You may also be eligible if any of the following apply:

  • You are a family member of a UK national and have been resident in the UK & Islands for the three years before your course started
  • You are a family member of a person of Northern Ireland and have been resident the UK, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years before the start of your course
  • Gibraltarian status as an EU national or family member and have been resident the UK, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years before the start of your course
  • Been living in Gibraltar as a UK national or family member and have been resident the UK, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years before the start of your course

If you are an EU National and have lived in the UK and Islands for 3 years or more and have settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme

Some students from the EU may be able to apply for part-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.

Find out more about undergraduate student finance available to NI students.

Age

There is no upper or lower age limit for a Tuition Fee Grant.

Course

The course you plan to study must be in Northern Ireland and one of the following:

  • 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)

Your university or college will be able to confirm the course's qualification.

The funding rules are different if you want to study in Scotland, Wales or England.

Course intensity

To qualify for this grant you must have a course intensity of at least 50% during the academic year.

Place of study

EU students can study at authority or publicly funded institutions in Northern Ireland. Your university or college will be able to confirm their eligibility for funding from us.

Previous study

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.

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