New fees and student support regulations
The fees regulations for England and Wales, which are also followed in Northern Ireland, have been amended. The main changes, which come into effect on 31 March 2006, apply to EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members. These new provisions appear in the student support regulations too, but for England only.
In summary, some of the main changes are:
* the spouse or civil partner of an EU national can now be eligible for 'home' fees and fees-only student support
* to qualify for 'home' fees and fees-only student support as the child of an EU national, you must be under 21 or dependent on your EU national parent or that parent's spouse or civil partner
* all direct descendants, eg grandchildren, of an EU national or of an EU national's spouse or civil partner can qualify for 'home' fees and fees-only student support if they are under 21 or dependent (as above)
* the dependent direct ascendants, eg parents and grandparents, of self-sufficient EU nationals and of EEA migrant workers and EEA self-employed people can be eligible for 'home' fees and, in the case of an EU national, fees-only student support or, in the case of migrant workers and self-employed people, full student support
* the child of a Swiss national can be eligible for 'home' fees and full student support, even if the Swiss national is not working in the UK.
In all the above categories, the student must also have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland for three years before the start of the course and, in some cases, that residence must not have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.
The cost of living in England.
This will vary according to where in the UK you decide to study. London and other big cities will be more expensive than other areas.