Eligibility for Student Finance in Northern Ireland

Are you eligible for Student Finance in Northern Ireland?

There are lots of different things that can affect your student finance application.

You don't have to be a Northern Irish citizen to receive money from Student Finance Northern Ireland.

You are considered a student from Northern Ireland if:

  • You are from the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland but you have been living in Northern Ireland for the past 3 years.
  • You are from the European Union and have been living in Northern Ireland for the past 3 years.
  • You are a refugee or have been offered asylum in Northern Ireland.

You may also able to apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland if both of these apply:

  • You have been living in the EU for the past 3 years.
  • You will be studying for a course in Northern Ireland.

There are also some rules about your course. For you to be eligible your course must take place in the UK and be one of the following:

  • A first degree (e.g. a BA, BEd, BSc)
  • A Foundation Degree
  • An integrated master’s degree
  • A Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • A Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • A Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • A postgraduate healthcare course

Some other conditions for student loans exist:

    • Your course must be at a recognised university or college for you to receive student finance payments.
    • If you are a part-time student, your course should cover at least 25% of a full-time course in one year.
    • This is your first time receiving student finance.
    • You don’t already have a degree. There are some exceptions to this rule. You may still be eligible if you have an Honours degree but then begin an engineering or computer science course. You may also be eligible if you are building on an HND, HNC or DipHe and completing an actual Honours degree. You will also be eligible if you are starting a healthcare course.

One thing that won’t affect your student finance claim is your age. You can apply whenever, as long as you meet the conditions above.

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