Government confirms funding for EU students for 2019–20

Wednesday 3 April 2019

England has confirmed the same funding package, as for 2018/19 and before, for EU students commencing study in 2019/20. This means they will "be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as is available today" - see England's published 2019/20 statement. This published statement was added to by a ministerial statement in parliament on the same day, in which it was indicated that family members are included in these provisions - see England's ministerial 2019/20 statement. On 21 January 2019, a representative of England's Department for Education confirmed to us that its "assurances are not altered if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: EU nationals (and their family members) who start a course in England in the 2019/20 academic year or before will continue to be eligible for home fee status and student finance support from Student Finance England for the duration of their course, provided they meet the residency requirement". New legislation, amending England's fees and student support regulations to the above effect, was laid before Parliament on 31 January 2019.

‘I want everyone with the talent and potential to be able to take advantage of our world class universities. We’ve already raised the amount of money graduates need to earn before starting to pay back their student loans, and freezing tuition fees for another year is another example of the steps the Government is taking to support those in higher education’, said Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson highlighted ‘Through our modern industrial strategy and the additional £4.7 billion committed for research and innovation over the next 5 years, we are ensuring the UK has the skills and environment it needs to continue leading the way in academia and research. A key part of our success is attracting talent from across the globe. This will provide reassurance to the brightest minds from across Europe to continue applying to study in the UK, safe in the knowledge financial assistance is available if needed.’, - April 21, 2017

The announcement also makes it clear that EU students will be charged the same tuition fees as their UK colleagues. Non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way. In addition, during this academic period, EU nationals will continue to be eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions.