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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.
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.