If you're a full-time student from the EU, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. However, living costs need to be funded through the authorities in your home country or by private funds.
If you've been resident in the UK for three years or more (outside of education) before the start of your proposed course, it's worth checking if you qualify as a UK student instead.
EU Student Funding and the UK referendum
The following statement has been provided by the Student Loans Company, to reassure EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this autumn.
“EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes 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 (2016) to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. The SLC 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. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.”
EU Bursaries for low income families
We are offering bursaries to EU students who have commenced their studies since 2016. Students will need to be assessed by Student Finance England as having a household income of under £25,000 to qualify for a Materials Bursary. See below for details on how to apply to Student Finance, and for further information on the bursary visit the Materials Award page.
English Language Pre-sessional
If English is not your first language and you need to improve to the required level (IELTS 6.0) to study an undergraduate course at Falmouth University, the English Language Pre-sessional for Undergraduates could be for you. Please note that this course cannot be funded by a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England. You should however still apply for to Student Finance England if you wish to have a Tuition Fee Loan for your undergradate course and be considered for the undergraduate bursary detailed above.
How to apply
Contact the EU customer services team at Student Finance England for further advice and an application form.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Postgraduate Masters Loans: Government funded loans are to be available for UK/EU students starting a Masters course from September 2016. For further details please see our dedicated page: Postgraduate Masters Loans