England confirms funding for EU students starting in 2018/19

21 April 2017

England has announced that EU students applying for university places in 2018/19 will remain eligible for financial support. This follows an equivalent announcement made by Scotland, which we told you about in late-March.

EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university, or further education institution, in the 2018/19 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, confirmed that EU nationals, or their family members, currently in higher or further education, and who are eligible to receive loans and/or grants from SFE, will continue to remain eligible for these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance provided to eligible EU students by Student Finance England. These students are also entitled to home fee status.

Jo Johnson added:

"The eligibility rules regarding student support and home fee status applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who wish to enter the UK to study a course in England which starts in either the 2017/18 or the 2018/19 Academic Year and which attracts student support, are also unchanged".

Read the 21 April statement from SLC and the gov.uk press release