The Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 were published on 29 October 2020. They affect fees assessment and Student Support applications only in England. They come into effect at the end of the EU Exit Implementation Period (also known as the ‘transition period’), which means they make changes to the existing fees and student support regulations from 11pm on 31 December 2020.
These changes are designed to preserve the current eligibility criteria in England’s fees and student support provision, for the time-being. They mean that EU nationals and family (note the regulations mean that UK nationals can continue to be included within that), EEA/Swiss workers and family, children of Swiss nationals, and children of Turkish workers, can be eligible for home fees and student support despite the fact that the transition period will be ending. The amendments have no end date but we presume that they will remain in effect for the remainder of this current academic year (2020/21).
New regulations for autumn 2021 onwards – in which eligibility for new starters in the above groups is expected to be discontinued – have not yet been published, despite calls from UKCISA, sector organisations, as well as institutions throughout England. We continue to press DfE to publish provisions for autumn 2021 onwards as soon as possible.
When the regulations for autumn 2021 are published, we will carefully assess the details and their impact. Our priority will be to update our web information, so that all readers can see details of what is changing and how. We will also be preparing revised fees assessment content for our national training programme – to provide both refresher training on any provisions which have not changed, as well as updates on the new provisions or changes. We are aware that many of our member organisations would like this.