Are you from Ireland, the EU, an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland? If yes, you’ll need to check your tuition fee status and eligibility for student finance.
New rules around tuition fee status and eligibility for student finance began in August 2021. If you started your course before this date, the changes do not apply, and you should retain your previous eligibility for the duration of your course.
An Irish citizen based in the UK or Ireland will be covered by the Common Travel Area agreement.
If you’re an Irish citizen, who’s been resident in Ireland, the UK, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man (or a combination of these locations) for three years before the start of your course, you’ll be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate. To apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your course fees you’ll also need to meet the same eligibility criteria as UK students. Check your eligibility with Student Finance England.
Living costs support
There are two ways you may be able to receive funding to help with your living costs.
- If you’re an Irish national who’s lived in Ireland for at least three of the last five years, you should be eligible to apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) for additional funding to help with living costs.
- If you’re an Irish national who’s lived in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three or more years before the start of the course, you may be eligible for Maintenance Loan or Postgraduate Loan support from Student Finance England.
If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss student, you’ll be liable to pay the international rate of tuition fees when starting at Edge Hill unless you’ve been granted settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
This applies to prospective students from:
- Other EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
- Other European Economic Area (EEA) countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
What is settled or pre-settled status?
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, registered with the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), your status will depend on how long you’ve lived in the UK, Channel Islands, or Isle of Man.
- Settled status is awarded if you’ve already lived in the UK for five continuous years.
- Pre-settled status is awarded for anything less than five years (after five years residence you can apply for settled status). Absence or more than six months in a 12-month period could break your period of continuous residence.
If you do have settled or pre-settled status
If you have settled or pre-settled status as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen the financial support you could receive is different depending on your status.
If you have settled status and have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for the three years before starting your course, you could be eligible for:
- Home fee status
- Tuition fee loan
- Help with living costs – Maintenance loan
If you have pre-settled status, you could be eligible for:
- Home fee status
- Tuition fee loan
- Living costs – you may be eligible for a maintenance loan if you’ve lived in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for the three years before starting your course
If you don’t have settled or pre-settled status
- The international rate of tuition fees will apply
- You won’t be eligible to apply for any financial support from Student Finance England such as Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans
- You may be eligible for scholarships at Edge Hill University, visit our International pages to find out more
- You may be able to access financial support from your own country’s student finance scheme.
Find out more
This page is an overview of student finance information for EU students, we recommend you seek government guidance to clarify eligibility for your personal circumstances.
You could also use the student finance calculator to see what you may be eligible for.
Money Advice Team
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national with pre-settled or settled status, you can receive advice and guidance on your eligibility for student finance from our Money Advice Team. We can also assist Irish prospective students looking to access, or find out more about, the financial support available as part of the Common Travel Area arrangement.
If you have any questions about funding for international students without settled or pre-settled status, visit our international pages or you can contact our International Office for advice.
The advice and guidance provided by the University is based on what you tell us about your circumstances and upon the current eligibility criteria provided by external organisations, such as Student Finance England. If any changes are made to eligibility criteria by an external organisation, the University cannot be held responsible. We will treat any personal information you share with us in the strictest confidence.