On 2 July 2018 we told you about announcements from England and Wales on student finance for EU nationals commencing study in 2019/20. Scotland had already made its own announcement earlier. This week, Northern Ireland has also announced that it intends to make provision for EU students for 2018/19 and 2019/20. This means that all four countries of the UK have now given assurances for 2019/20.
In a Student Finance NI statement on 10 July the following was announced:
"EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from Student Finance Northern Ireland, and EU students applying for university places in NI in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years will continue to have access to student loans and certain grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
"This applies to all student finance from Student Finance NI for students in Northern Ireland for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes certain grants and loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.
"Student Finance NI will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course".
We will soon be updating our overviews of this area in Brexit: Impact on fee status assessments and Brexit: Impact on student finance.