Beulah Felstead

Rep of Ireland funding eligibility 2024/25


we've had applications from several Rep of Ireland resident students who say they plan to move to London in July 2024.  Will they be eligible for full funding on 16-18 study programme? I thought not as they intend to relocate for the purpose of study but would appreciate clarity. Presumably if eligible for fundng they will also be eligible for Bursary, Free Meals etc?


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Chris Roberts

DfE master statuatory guidance template (

30. The UK left the European Union (EU) and free movement between the UK and the EU has ended. The UK’s points based immigration system applies and treats EU (other than Irish citizens) and non-EU citizens equally. Students who are citizens of EU (or European Economic Area (EEA)) countries (other than Irish citizens) who enter the UK after 31 December 2020 are not automatically eligible for funding and must be able to demonstrate that they are legally resident in the UK to be funded.

All Irish citizens continue to be automatically eligible for funding under immigration concessions agreed with the Irish Government before the UK was a member of the EU. Those who have already obtained the Home Office pre-settled and settled status will be eligible under paragraph 39 whilst those still completing this process should be assessed under paragraph 40. 

39. In addition to the groups outlined above, ESFA will also consider the following groups of students (including those who may not have lived in the UK for the last 3 years) to be eligible for funding: 

b. people with recently settled status (this means those having been granted indefinite leave to enter or remain, right of abode or British citizenship within the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course)

40. In addition to the groups above, ESFA will also consider the following groups of students (including those who may not have lived in the UK for the last 3 years), aged up to and including the age of 18, as eligible for funding as follows:

a. those who are accompanying or joining parents or spouses or civil partners2 who have the right of abode or leave to enter or remain in the UK (or accompanying or joining relevant family members, usually parents, who are UK or Irish citizens), or those who are children of diplomats 

c those who are residing legally in the UK (including those entering the UK in the last 3 years who are or were not accompanied by their parents) who are British (or Irish) citizens or those whose passports have been endorsed (or as part of move to digital immigration systems, either a biometric residency permit (BRP), or an equivalent digital status and/or an endorsement letter) to either 
show they have the right of abode in this country or to show that they have no restrictions on working in the UK 



Beulah Felstead

thank you, that's amazing :)

Chris Roberts

Not all learners are eligible for both programme funds and bursary so you'll need to mindful if awarding bursary. Tends to be asylum seekers that have no access to public funds. 

16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide 2023 to 2024 academic year - GOV.UK (