Tuition Fee Grant Part-time undergraduate, tuition fee only funding students

2. Who can get this grant?

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This page is intended your information only. Make your application for student finance, we'll determine your eligibility and let you know.

The following can contribute to your eligibility for a Course Grant for part-time undergraduate tuition fee and living cost students.

Nationality or residency

You may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan as a tuition fee and living cost 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 tuition fee and living cost 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 tuition fee and living cost students

Age

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

Course

To qualify for this grant 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)

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

Course Intensity

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

Place of study

This can be private or public, however it must be a UK based university or college. 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.

Previous study

You won’t normally be eligible for funding if you already hold an honours degree or if you’re applying for a course that is equivalent or lower in level than your first higher education course.

This is the case whether or not you have an equivalent qualification from a United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or overseas institution or your previous qualification was publicly funded or self-funded.

Don't think you're eligible?

If you're unsure you can speak to your university or college, they might be able to provide alternatives to funding from Student Finance NI.

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