Thursday, May 19, 2016

‘Long Residence’: new eligibility criteria for student support announced

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New regulations have been created which increase access to student loans and home fee status for students in England. This means that some people who were not eligible for student finance and were classed as international students and therefore charged higher ‘overseas’ fees are now eligible to apply for a student loan and will be classified as ‘home’ students.

Eligibility

This new category of eligibility is called ‘Long Residence’. You can apply for it for the academic year starting on or after 1 August 2016. To be eligible for this category you must meet the following conditions on the first day of the first academic year of your course:

  1. you must be either:
    a. under the age of 18 and have lived in the UK for seven years directly before the first day of the first academic year of the course; or
    b. 18 years old or above and directly before the first day of the first academic year of your course you have lived in the UK for either half your life; or a period of at least 20 years
  2. you must be ordinarily resident in England
  3. you must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course (excluding time spent here mainly for the purpose of full time education).

I have already started my course

If you have already started your university course and will be going into your 2nd or 3rd year, you can still apply for the student loan and become a ‘home’ fee payer as long as you can demonstrate that you met the requirements prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course (for autumn starters, this would be 1 September of the year your course started). If you only met the requirements after that date then you won’t be eligible under this new category.

I am starting a course this year

If you are starting a course after 1 August 2016 and you believe you might be eligible under this new category, you should apply through Student Finance England immediately so that your application has more chance of being processed before you start your course.
However, if you are not yet eligible, but think you might become eligible before the first day of the next academic year, you may want to wait a year before you start your course.

I have already applied for Student Finance under the ‘interim policy’

If you have already applied for Student Finance under the interim policy and have been told you are ineligible you will need to appeal the decision. Just for Kids Law have produced a blog about the process and can provide advice to people in this situation.

Posted by STAR team on 19/05/2016 at 02:59 PM