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Tuesday 16 January
My.Anglia > Student services > Money > Student funding > Eligibility for student funding

Student Money Advice Service

Email: moneyadvice@anglia.ac.uk | Call: 01245 68 6700

Eligibility for student funding

This page contains information for students who are domiciled in England and are studying / intend to study on:

  • Full time undergraduate courses
  • Part time undergraduate courses
  • NHS funded courses
  • Social work courses

Information relating to postgraduate funding can be found here.

If you are from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland please look at the following pages:

Residency

In order to qualify for Higher Education support and to determine your eligibility for funding, you may be asked to confirm your residency. Residency requirements vary depending on whether you are applying as a Home student or an EU student.

Home Student Status

If you are applying as a Home student you must meet the following standard residency requirements:

  • You must be living in the UK for at least 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
  • Resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of your course*
  • You should not have any restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK for.

*This applies to the award authority you have applied to e.g. If you are applying to Student Finance England, you need to be living in England.

To be eligible as a Home student, EU nationals must have been living in the UK for the 5 years preceding the 1st day of the 1st academic year of the course i.e. 1st September for September starters. If you applied before the 25th March 2016 for funding you need to show you have lived in the UK for 3 years.

EU Student Status (Tuition Fee Loan Only)

If you are applying as an EU student you must meet the following standard residency requirements:

  • Must have lived within the EEA/Switzerland for at least 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course; although we can consider temporary absence breaks.
  • Resident in the UK for the first day of your course (not the academic year).

EEA Migrant Worker Status

EU/EEA Nationals who do not qualify for funding as a home student based on their residency can exercise their right as a worker in the UK and be funded the same as a Home Student.

You will need to continue to work during your course and your work must not be classed as Ancillary or marginal i.e. the only reason why you have the job is because you are a student and the wages must be of a level that you could support yourself on without the help of student funding.

Spouse / Civil Partner of Migrant Worker

A partner of a Migrant Worker can apply for student finance as a home student if their partner is exercising their rights to work in the UK.

Child (stepchild) of a Migrant Worker

The Child/Stepchild of a Migrant Worker can exercise their parents rights to work in the UK to apply for student finance as a home student. We will require evidence to confirm their identity and confirm their relationship to the parent(s). As the student is applying as a child of a migrant worker we will also require evidence to show the parent is a migrant worker.

Child of a Swiss National

A child of a Swiss National can apply for student finance as long as they can prove that they have been resident on the first day of the first academic year of the course. The child does not need to be a Swiss National to qualify. Evidence will be in the form of identification (ID) and evidence to support the relationship to the student.

Child of a Turkish Worker

The child of a Turkish Worker can also apply for finance as a home student if they have been in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of their course.

Long Residence

If you do not satisfy any of the above you may be eligible under the long residence category. You must be:

  • Currently, ordinarily resident in England and have been ordinarily and lawfully resident in the UK or Islands throughout the 3 year period immediately before 1st September of the first year of your course.
  • Under 18 years old and have lived in the UK for the preceding seven years, or aged 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least half of your life or a period of twenty years.

Exceptions

There are many other categories of student who may still be eligible to receive student funding. You are advised to discuss your individual circumstances with a Student Money Adviser to clarify what you may be entitled to as the rules are complex.

Examples of exceptions:

  • Students with Refugee status (would not need to have been in the country for 3 years – they are eligible as soon as they receive refugee status)
  • Students with Humanitarian Protection (HP) who have three years of residency and a current HO status (or an appeal is pending prior to its expiry date) can apply as a Home Student.
  • Students and their family members with the right of permanent residence can be classed as Home Students if they satisfy further criteria

Please contact us to discuss your personal circumstances.

Course Eligibility

Generally, courses are normally eligible for financial support in the following circumstances.

If they lead to:

  • A first degree, such as a BA, BSc or BEd
  • Foundation Degrees
  • A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • A Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • A Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • A Certificate of Higher Education
  • A course for the further training of youth or community workers
  • A course leading to the an MEng qualification
  • Bachelor's Degrees
  • Bachelor's Degrees with Honours (e.g.BA, BSc, BEng, BEd)
  • Integrated Masters