The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the 2018–19 academic year.
The decision (announced on 21 April) means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018–19 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
‘We have been clear about our commitment to the UK’s world-class higher education sector,’ said Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson. ‘Through our modern industrial strategy and the additional £4.7 billion committed for research and innovation over the next 5 years, we are ensuring the UK has the skills and environment it needs to continue leading the way in academia and research.
‘A key part of our success is attracting talent from across the globe. This will provide reassurance to the brightest minds from across Europe to continue applying to study in the UK, safe in the knowledge financial assistance is available if needed.’
The announcement also makes it clear that EU students will be charged the same tuition fees as their UK colleagues. Non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way. In addition, during this academic period, EU nationals will continue to be eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions.