Full-time EU student funding

Students and geese at UWE Frenchay Campus

Funding for tuition fees

If you satisfy the residency requirements as an EU student, you are entitled to be charged the same fees and receive the same level of fee support as a UK resident student (or 'home' student). If you are unsure of the residency requirements, please refer to our definitions for determining fee status.

Funding for healthcare degrees

For healthcare diploma and degree programmes, NHS Student Bursaries should pay your tuition fees as long as you satisfy the EU residency requirements.

How to apply for fee support

From the summer before you start your studies in September, you should be able to apply online for your fee support. 

Please check Information for NHS funded students from the NHS Business Services Authority, where information about the application process will be published from April onwards.

Funding for non-healthcare degrees

If you are studying a non-NHS degree programme, you can apply for a fee loan from Student Finance to pay for your tuition fees each year. The fee loan is paid directly to UWE after you have registered on your programme.

When to apply

To ensure your application is processed before the start of your course, please apply for your loan as soon as possible. Applications are open from April onwards.

Funding for living expenses

If you meet certain residency requirements, your fee status may be 'home' (or UK resident) rather than EU. This means that you may get funding for your living costs on top of the financial help for your fees described above. That funding may come from the NHSBSA, Student Finance or the University.

An overview of the two most common categories are listed below, however, there are others. See the UKCISA website for further information.

  • Category 1 – long residence in the UK
    If you are an EU national and you have lived in the UK for the three years before the first year of your course starts you may be eligible for financial support for your living costs.
    The relevant date is 1 September if you start the first year of your course in the autumn term. If you have only been in the UK studying full-time, then you must have been living in the EEA immediately before coming to the UK.
  • Category 2 – migrant worker status or child/spouse/civil partner of migrant worker
    You need to establish your status as a migrant worker well before your studies start. You may need to work a minimum of 16 hours per week while you study in order to maintain your migrant worker status.
    If you are anticipating receiving financial support under this category, please check out the latest information about the Migrant Worker status on the UKCISA website.

Eligibility for living cost support

You may be eligible if:

  • you are a national of the EEA or of Switzerland (or their spouse, civil partner or child), and
  • you work in the UK as a ‘migrant worker’ for a period of time immediately before your course starts (1 September if you start your course in the Autumn term), and
  • you lived in the EEA or Switzerland for the three years before you came to the UK

Evidence of eligibility

Funding organisations will request documentary confirmation of your status. That will be either evidence of three years residence in the UK, or for category 2, evidence of your (or your family’s) migrant worker status. This can include wage slips, contracts of employment or worker registration details. As much of the living cost support is income assessed, they may also request documents confirming your household income.

Page last updated 21 January 2014

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