Students from other EU countries

Statement: EU Nationals and Student Finance in Northern Ireland

The following statement applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from Student Finance Northern Ireland, and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from academic year 2017/18.

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from Student Finance NI, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from Student Finance NI for students in Northern Ireland for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes grants and loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August 2017 to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. Student Finance NI will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course.

Students should consult their university’s student finance office, the Student Finance NI website or NI Direct, for information about the support available.

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