EU students living in the UK remain eligible for student finance

EU students remain eligible for student finance

EU students living in the UK before the end of 2020 will be still eligible for student finance after Brexit. The new rules for 2021/22 academic year are clear: Europeans with Pre-settlement or Settlement will keep their home fee status if they want to obtain British higher education.

EU Students (including EEA or Swiss national) granted with Pre-Settled or Settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to have their privileged access to the British higher education on the same basis as domestic students. They remain eligible for student finance: both the Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Support for study in the UK. This was announced by the government in January 2021 in accordance with the interpretation of The Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011.

Access to higher education and support for EU nationals living in the UK

In order to apply for Student Finance, EU students need to meet the usual residency requirements:

  • They must have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the start of their course.
  • They must provide evidence that they are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and are eligible for student support
  • They may also qualify for maintenance support if they are currently working in the UK. If so, they will need to provide the SLC with financial evidence

What access to higher education and support will EU nationals living out of the UK have from 2021/22 onwards?

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals not covered by the citizens’ rights provisions in the Withdrawal Agreements will not be eligible for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance. This will be applicable for all courses starting in the academic year 2021/22.

Students coming to study in England form the 1st of August 2021 will be counted as international students and will need to pay the same Tuition fees that now are applicable for all international students.

Please Note: International Tuition Fees and new rules will not affect students who have started their course in the academic year 2020/21 (or before), as they will remain eligible for student finance for the duration of their course!

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