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EU Referendum: What we know for EU students

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19 October 2016
EU Referendum: What we know for EU students

Current and future EU students and family members will obviously be concerned about various possible consequences of the EU Referendum decision. This news item aims to clarify what we currently do and do not know about any changes to fee status, access to loans or legal residency.

Please note that this is our current understanding, drawn from various sources, but precise aspects of law may still be subject to debate and clarification. Students are advised to check their own position on:

  • student finance, with the appropriate agencies; and 
  • fee status eligibility, with the institution at which they are studying or intending to study.

Legal residency and work

  • It is important to note that there are, as yet, no changes whatsoever to the residency rules which affect EU students’ right to come and stay in the UK – although clearly there could be consequences over the much longer term. 
  • The right to reside, study, and work, in the UK remains as long as the UK remains a member state of the EU, which will be for at least another two years. You can read further information about staying on after study.

Student finance

The funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, have all given reassurances to EU nationals about continuing student finance eligibility:

Fee status

  • The October 2016 announcement in England also confirmed that EU nationals (and their family members) who start studying in 2017/18, and who are assessed as eligible for loans/grants, will be eligible for Home fee status for the duration of their study. And Scotland have confirmed that tuition fee support will be provided in the normal way (see above, under 'Student finance').
  • It was already our understanding that a number of universities are guaranteeing that fee status will not be reassessed for the duration of the course for those who started in 2016/17, even if the UK leaves the EU before their courses end, and students will continue to be charged the Home/EU rate rather than the higher Non-EU rate.
  • You should contact your institution directly to confirm its policy but there is clearly an intention and commitment from institutions to do whatever is in their power to enable as many EU students as possible to continue to study in the UK, in the future.

Please check back regularly for up-to-date information.

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