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Full-time EU student funding (2019/20 entry)

Funding for tuition fees

If you satisfy the residency requirements as an EU student, you will be 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.

Information on funding for tuition fees

EU tuition fees following the UK’s European Union referendum

The UK Government has confirmed that if you are an EU student you can apply for a place on one of our undergraduate courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year without having to pay upfront tuition fees. You’ll be able to receive government-backed loans to cover your tuition fees and you’ll pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your course. This is the same for healthcare and non-healthcare courses.

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 Bristol 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 now for courses starting September 2019/20.

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 Student Finance or the University.

See the UKCISA website for further information.

Category 1 – long residence in the UK

If you are an EU national resident in England and you have lived in the UK for the five years before the first year of your course starts, you may be eligible for financial support for your living costs. Please see the UKCISA pages to determine your entitlement to this support.

If you are an EU national resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland 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. Please see the UKCISA pages or visit the Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland websites for full guidance.

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

If you an non-UK EEA National, or a Swiss national who is in the UK as a worker, or the relevant family member of such a worker then you may qualify for living costs support under migrant worker status.  You must meet all of the below criteria:

  • A non-UK EEA national, or a Swiss National and resident in the UK as a worker or the relevant family member of such a worker. And;
  • You must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the relevant date* (unless you are an EEA/Swiss frontier worker or relevant family member of a frontier worker). And;
  • You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the EEA and/or Switzerland for three years before the relevant date.*

*The relevant date is 1 September if you start the first year of your course in the autumn term.

If you are successful with migrant worker status then there may/may not be obligations for you to continue working whilst studying:

A. If you have been working in the UK in employment that is linked to your programme of study, you will need to provide evidence of this to your funding body. This will mean that you do not need to work throughout your course.

B. If your work is not linked to your programme of study, you will need to work throughout your course in order to qualify for living cost support. If you lose your job during your course, you will lose entitlement to your living cost funding until you resume working.

  • You need to provide evidence of your employment to either Student Finance or the NHSBSA. You can apply as a migrant worker before your studies start or during your course.
  • You will need to work a minimum of ten hours per week throughout your study in order to maintain your migrant worker status throughout the course.

If you are anticipating receiving financial support under this category, please check the government rules under the 'worker' section and read UKCISA guidance. This is a complex area, so we recommend you seek advice before starting your studies if you plan to meet this status. There are certain dates that the status needs to meet by in order to receive both the tuition fee loan and maintenance loan.

If you have queries about the evidence that you will need to provide, contact the UWE Bristol Money Advice and Funds Service.

Evidence of eligibility

Funding organisations will request documentary confirmation of your status:

  • Category 1: evidence of five years' residence in the UK, or three years' residence if you are resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Category 2: evidence of three years' residence in the UK or EU and 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.

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