EU Undergraduate student funding

Tuition Fee Loan

EU undergraduate students, both full time and part time (from 2012 entry onwards), are eligible to apply for a loan from the UK Government towards their tuition fees to a maximum of £9,250 for the academic year 2019/20. To apply and to check eligibility criteria please go to the web pages . (You are not able to apply for a loan that is more than your tuition fee liability.) 

Following the result of the UK's EU Referendum it has been agreed that students from EU countries who are currently at UK universities, and those starting this Autumn (September 2019) will receive student loan support for the duration of their course.  A further announcement has confirmed that funding will also continue for EU students starting in September 2020.

Living costs

There are no UK government loans available to EU students for living costs whilst undertaking an undergraduate degree in the UK, so students are expected to have access to sufficient income to cover these costs.

However, if you have lived in the UK for at least five years before the 1st September of the year you commence your course, you may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for the maintenance loan as well as the tuition fee loan. Please refer to the Funding for Undergraduate students page for information about the funding package.

Migrant worker status

If you have been assessed as having migrant worker status then you may be eligible to apply for the same funding package for your course as a UK student.  Please refer to the Funding for Undergraduate students page for information about the funding package.

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for the tuition fee loan?
You need to request or download the relevant application form from


How will my tuition fees be paid to the University?


Is there any other funding available for EU undergraduates?
You can search the web to see if there are any other funds you can apply to from Charities, Trusts etc. There is very limited funding offered through the University for EU undergraduates, but if you have children and they have to attend Ofsted registered childcare so you can attend your course, you can apply to the University's Childcare Support Scheme where you may be assessed as being eligible for a small contribution towards the cost.


How do I repay the fee loan/s?
If, after you have completed your course, you stay and work in the UK, you will repay the loan through your salary as other UK nationals. However if you return to your home country, or work in Europe or elsewhere, different rules apply. Please refer to the Student Loans Company Repayment web pages for up to date information about repaying your loan while living and working overseas.


After checking the web pages I am still not sure if I am eligible for the EU tuition fee loan. Is there someone I can talk to, to check my eligibility?
Student Finance England have a Call Centre where you can speak to an advisor. The number to call is +44 141 243 3600


For all general enquiries regarding student support and postgraduate level scholarships please contact the team on 0115 823 2071 or