thebrownie Registered User
#1

Hi,

Im looking to study in England next year. I want to do a course attached with the nhs so therefore I haver no course fees to pay. However my parents cannot afford to send me to school unless i get some form of a maintenance grant. I attended secondary school in Ireland however I was born in England and we still have a house there. Does this allow me to apply for a maintenance loan?

#2

Moved to NI & GB Colleges

Maintenance loans are based on residency not nationality, so being born in the UK and having a house there when you normally reside in Ireland means you are not eligible under the UK loans system. Sorry it's not better news!

UndertheBridge Registered User
#3

Hey there, Currently studying an NHS course here. Its true you probably won't be eligible for a maintenance loan here. But you should be eligible for the irish grant ( the one you get from the county council!)

If you can manage to get a UK student bank account you have the backup of overdrafts that don't need to be payed back until your qualified and earning but its not really a route to go down....

paky Banned
#4

how long do u need to be resident in the uk before you qualify for the student loan system?

UndertheBridge Registered User
#5

From my attempts to get it last september, you need to be resident 3 out of the previous 5 years there or something like that. Was missing out by a year...gutted!

But that was for an NHS course, could be very different for others.

#6

It used to be that in England you have to have been resident in the UK for the 3 years preceding the start of your uni course. If you have been in the UK for those 3 years for solely educational reasons (boarding school and the like) the residency doesn't count. It may well be the case now that 3 out of the preceding 5 years would also qualify.

There's an official explanation here.

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