The UK government are still working to agree on a satisfactory Brexit deal. However, many of our students from EU countries have expressed concerns about what may happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
According to the latest information from the government, EU citizens will need to apply to the EU settlement scheme if they plan to remain in the UK after 2020. These applications will have a deadline of 30 June 2021 if there is a Brexit deal, or 31 December 2020 if there’s a no-deal Brexit.
We would like to stress that a no-deal Brexit will not impact your eligibility for student finance.
The eligibility requirements for student finance will remain broadly the same for residents of EU, EEA EFTA countries, Irish nationals, and Swiss nationals who qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme.
As it stands, ‘home fee’ status is available to EU citizens and their family members who meet the relevant requirements and study at UK universities. This status also allows them to apply for loans to cover higher and further education tuition fees, as well as maintenance support.
Providing they meet the residency requirements, EU citizens and relatives commencing UK courses this academic year (2019-2020) will still be eligible for student finance and Advanced Learner Loans from Student Finance England for the duration of their undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
EU students whose courses started in earlier academic years have already been provided with similar assurances.
Bear in mind that the exact student support entitlement differs across various parts of the UK, and that the eligibility criteria are different for EU citizens, EEA EFTA nationals and Swiss nationals. Read the government’s guidance on these requirements by following this link.
NSCD is proud to be an international school with a growing body of students from over 26 countries around the world, and would like to reassure our students that as things stand, you do not need to do anything.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Head of Academic Registry, Hannah Perry via firstname.lastname@example.org