Are you eligible for student finance?

You may have a particular set of circumstances and are unsure what financial support you qualify for. Use this page to see what actions you must take.

Universities and colleges usually charge different fees if you are a Home/EU student, or an international student. Different governments and funding organisations have different criteria that you need to meet to qualify for loans and grants to help with these fees.

International Student Fees

Criteria for eligibility

The criteria determining fee status usually include: the university or college you will be attending, the course you will be taking, your age, if you’ve studied in higher education before, and your nationality or residency status.

Residency requirements for Home/EU fees are usually:

  • You must be settled in the UK on the first day of your course
  • You must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of your course
  • You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-years before the first day of your course
  • You must not be residing in the UK with the primary reason to receive full-time education in the three-years before the first day of your course.

Note that residence is more important in determining fee status than citizenship. You usually need to have been living in the UK for the three years before you start university.

Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. This happens after your university has accepted your application and an offer of a place has been made on academic grounds.

What you need to do

If you believe you meet all the criteria for Home/EU fee status, you should contact the Student Finance Services European Team (address on our EU students page).

If not, please use the UKCISA website where criteria are detailed. Everyone has different circumstances – we suggest talking to universities or funding organisations directly if you have questions relating to your personal circumstances.

Note that universities have discretion to decide each case based on the individual circumstances. None of this will affect the way you will be considered for admission – these decisions are based purely on academic merit, and you apply through UCAS for undergraduate courses.

Where to find more information

You can also look at the country-specific funding websites:

See what fees international students have to pay at UK universities.