To be eligible for funding you must meet our residence conditions
and be on a course we fund.
Generally, to qualify for support you must be:
• ordinarily resident (see note 1 below) in the UK, Channel
Island or Isle of Man for three years immediately before the
first day of the first academic year of the course;
• settled in the UK as described in the Immigration Act 1971;
• ordinarily resident in Scotland on the first day of the first
academic year of the course; and
• studying full time in higher education.
The first day of the first academic year of a course is known as the
‘relevant date’. For those who start a course in the autumn term,
the relevant date is 1 August.
If you don’t meet the general residence conditions above, you may
still be eligible to apply to us for funding in certain circumstances.
The residence eligibility conditions can be complicated. If you are
in any doubt about your residence status, you should contact us
for advice or visit our website for more information.
1 Ordinarily resident has been defined in the courts as ‘habitual and normal residence in
one place’. It basically means that you live in a country year after year by choice
through a set period, apart from temporary or occasional absences such as holidays or
business trips. Living here totally or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education
does not count as being ordinarily resident.