Detail of outcome
We are introducing new long residency eligibility criteria for student support for those entering higher education.
Applicants can qualify for student support for a higher education course if they are:
- under 18 years of age and have lived in the UK for at least 7 years (including 3 years’ lawful ordinary residence before the first day of the first academic year of the course)
- aged 18 years and above and have either spent at least half their life in the UK or at least 20 years in the UK (including 3 years’ lawful ordinary residence before the first day of the first academic year of the course)
We plan to make these change to the regulations for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Detail of feedback received
There were 136 responses to the consultation. These mainly came from:
- advocacy groups
- higher education institutions
There were also a small number of responses from stakeholder groups representing the higher education sector and students.
This consultation ran from to
We’re seeking views on plans to extend support to students who don’t have settled status, but who have lived in the UK for a long time.
We intend to introduce new eligibility criteria for student support to allow people who have a long residential connection to the UK to enter higher education.
A recent Supreme Court judgment required the government to consider adopting more tailored eligibility criteria for those without settled status. This new criteria will avoid breaching the rights of similar applicants.