Student finance 2021-22 onwards: Our questions to DfE

02 July 2020

UPDATED 3 and 10 July 2020 

On 23 June we told you that the Universities' Minister in England had made a parliamentary statement about changes in England to eligibility for 'home' fee status and student support for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens and their family members starting courses in the academic year 2021-22. You can read the full statement from the Minister at the bottom of this news item.

Since then we have contacted the Department for Education (DfE) in England to ask it:

  • when it hopes to publish the regulations that will give effect to the changes that were announced in the statement; and
  • who the statement is intended to cover in its reference to “those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively”; and
  • whether people with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are to be provided for as a particular group in the regulations; and
  • what the position will be if you are a UK national who previously lived in England and you now live in the EEA or Switzerland and you wish to study in England. [UPDATE on 3 July 2020 - See our news story British citizens returning to the UK from EU/EEA/Switzerland: funding study for an update on this particular question.]

We hope to be able to update you when we have more information from DfE about any/all of the above.

Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet made announcements for the academic year 2021-22, but we will update the following pages as soon as possible after any announcements are made:

[UPDATE on 10 July 2020 - See our news story Scotland announcement on student finance 2021-2022 onwards for an update about the position in Scotland.] 

And, again, here is the full text of England's parliamentary statement from Michelle Donelan on 23 June:

"I am today confirming the eligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members, who wish to commence courses in England in the Academic Year starting in August 2021. Following our decision to leave the EU, 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 academic year 2021/22. This change will also apply to Further Education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships. It will not affect students starting courses in academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting 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 and 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. EU, other EEA and Swiss students, staff and researchers make an important contribution to our universities. I want that contribution to continue and am confident – given the world-leading quality of our higher education sector – that it will."


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