Those classed as overseas fee status cannot apply for a student loan from the UK government. Loans may be available to international student from private sources. Find out more about your fee status and what is available.

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Students coming from outside the UK to study here must be classed as 'home' students to apply for a student loan from the UK government.

In order to be classed as a ‘home’ student for the purposes of fees a candidate must be settled in the UK on 1 September in the year of starting the course with permanent right to remain. They must also be ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the 1 September of the year of starting the course and not resident in the UK just for the purpose of education.

Read our Guide to fee classifications (PDF) if you are unsure whether you would be considered a 'home' or 'overseas' student for fee purposes.

International students

If your fee status is classed as overseas, you will not be able to apply for a student loan from the UK government. Local British Council offices might be able to supply information in relation to funding opportunities. The Education UK website can provide more information. The UK Council for International Student Affairs also provides advice on fees, fees status, funding and student support for international students.

European Union or home students

If you come from the EU and are doing a full-time course you can apply for a student loan from the UK government to cover your tuition fees. EU student finance information is available on the GOV.UK website.


Last Updated: Monday, 10 November 2014 12:35

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