EU students and fees and funding

If you're a student from the European Union, read on to find out specific fees and funding information.

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Students starting university in 2020/21 academic year

Fees and funding

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting in September 2020 will continue to be eligible for Home fee status, meaning that they will pay the same fees as UK students. EU students will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course.

UK government statement on funding support for EU students: 2020

Immigration

The UK will leave the European Union (EU) at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020, but will leave on the basis of an agreement made between the UK and the EU known as the Withdrawal Agreement. 

EU, non-EU EEA nationals and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members can still come to the UK (without requiring a visa) until the end of the transitional/ implementation period (31 December 2020). They can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. They will need to do this if they wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional/implementation period, or otherwise will need to apply under another category of the immigration rules. Those arriving from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission to come to the UK under a category of the immigration rules which are in place at that time.

More information and advice

Students starting university in 2021/22 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the academic year 2021/22.  

It will not affect students starting courses in the academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

A new immigration system is expected to be in place from 1 January 2021 and anyone intending to come to the UK from January 2021 will need to apply under the relevant category of the immigration rules in place at that time. We'll update this page as we get information.  

International students

The information detailed here is for EU students only. If you are not from the European Union, please refer to our international tuition fees information.

Details of how we define 'overseas' and 'home/EU' students for the purpose of charging tuition fees: Verification of an applicant's fee status