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I’m from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man – what higher education funding is available to me?

By David Malcolm

Thursday 21 March 2013 Higher education

If you usually live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, the government funding that’s available to you for higher education is different to what’s available in other parts of the UK. Here’s an overview with links to more details.

For the purposes of government funding, you’re regarded as an international student under UK law. However, more support is available to you than to other international students if you want to study in the UK.

The governments of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man have different support packages for their residents, but they all take the form of a grant to contribute towards tuition fees and living costs. In each case you and the course you’re taking must match their eligibility criteria.

I’m from the bailiwick of Guernsey – what funding can I get?

The states of Guernsey offers higher education students a grant to help with the costs of tuition fees, living and travel. The amount of funding available depends on a number of factors, including an assessment of your parents’ income. Bursaries are also available for independent students who have no support from parental contributions.

The funding is available to full-time students taking undergraduate-level courses in the UK, but funding may also be available if you want to study outside of the UK or take a postgraduate course.

Where possible, the states of Guernsey negotiates more favourable tuition fee levels with UK academic institutions than other international students would pay. However, the agreements vary from institution to institution, and if your course started in 2012 or later, some institutions may insist on higher fees than your grant or bursary will cover. In this case, you or your parents will be charged the balance.

For more information, see funding for university and university grants (which includes a guide to postgraduate funding).

I’m from Jersey – what funding can I get?

The states of Jersey offers funding for higher education students to help with living costs and tuition fees. The amount of funding available depends on an assessment of your parents’ income or your own household income if you’re an independent student.

The funding is available to students studying for the first time for an undergraduate degree, or professional qualification such as Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Extra funding is available for disabled students.

The amount of funding you can get for tuition fees depends on the type of course you’re taking and where you’re taking it. Courses are banded by type, each with a level of cost, and you need to pay an extra contribution if you’re studying off-island or for a longer course (eg a four year degree in Scotland).

For more information, see funding for degree level and professional qualifications.

I’m from the Isle of Man – what funding can I get?

The Isle of Man government offers higher education students a grant to help with living costs and tuition fees. The amount of funding available depends on an assessment of your parents’ income or your own household income if you’re an independent student.

The funding is available to higher education students studying for a first degree course, Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent, but funding may also be available for postgraduate courses, part-time courses on the island and distance learning courses (eg from the Open University).

The amount of funding you can get for tuition fees depends on the type of course you’re taking and where you’re taking it – a lot of courses are funded up to £9,000 a year, but you might have to pay a contribution of £5,000 if you take your course outside the Isle of Man.

For more information, see student awards.

This information was updated in March 2013. NUS provides this information in good faith and has taken care to make sure it’s accurate. However, student finance issues can be complicated, and rules change frequently. You should contact the advice centre in your students' union, college or university for support if you’re uncertain or need more help.