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 December 2020, but will leave on the basis of an agreement made between the UK and the EU known as the Withdrawal Agreement. 

EU, EEA or Swiss students who are already resident in the UK or become residents in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021. Successful applicants to the EUSS can continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 and will be given either settled status or pre-settled status, depending on whether they have lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period.

The Student Route is open to EU/EEA and Swiss students as well as international students, but EU/EEA and Swiss students resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 should not apply through the route. These students, and their families, are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here.

EU/EEA and Swiss students coming to the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the Student Route, ahead of arriving in the UK. 

More information and advice

Students starting university in 2021/22 academic year

Fees and Funding 

If your course starts on or after the 1 August 2021 you will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and further education financial support from Student Finance England. However, you will now be eligible for our generous international scholarship package: International Scholarships

You may still be eligible for home fee status, funding and Student Finance support if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland - benefits of Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement will continue
  • If you are a British or Irish National living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland

It will not affect students starting courses in the academic year 2020/21.

Immigration

The UK's new and improved Student Route, which falls under the UK's new points-based immigration system, has now opened for applications (5 October).

Students from EU countries (including EEA and Switzerland) will need to successfully apply for a visa through the new system, ahead of arriving in the UK, if they are coming from 1 January 2021 onwards. This includes those who begin their course remotely in autumn 2020. 

EU/EEA/Swiss students who are already in the UK before 1 January 2021 should apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

For more information, please visit our Student Visas and Immigration web pages

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