Will the UK leaving the EU affect my ability to continue to have a student loan?

The UK government has confirmed that students from the EU applying to courses starting in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years will not see any changes to their loan eligibility. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

The Student Loans Company (SLC) has also confirmed that EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education or starting a course in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 academic years, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to EU nationals resident in the UK for at least five years prior to the start of their course, or EE or EEA/Swiss migrant workers who have resided in the EEA/Switzerland for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.

The longer-term implications for EU students who want to apply to study in the UK after the UK has left the EU will depend on the outcome of the negotiations and what kind of relationship the UK agrees with the EU. We are working across the Higher Education sector to urge the UK Government to provide clarity on EU students' fees and access to student funding support beyond the 2020/21 academic year.

Further information is available on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.


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