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  • UPDATE Home fees and student finance for EEA national students

    UKCISA are publishing updates regarding home fees and student finance for EEA nationals in the four countries of the UK. Different rules may apply in different countries, i.e. Scotland, Wales and N Ireland.

    EEA national students in the UK after Brexit

    Student finance and home fees for the academic year 2021/2022 in England

    From 1 August 2021, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members who are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreements will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate and postgraduate financial support and advanced learner loans from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22 or after.

    Children of Turkish workers arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will similarly not be eligible for home fee status and student financial support for courses starting on or after 1 August 2021.This change will also apply to Further Education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships.

    These eligibility changes do not apply to Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for British and Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

    Regulatory amendments will give effect to these changes.

    EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members who are covered by the Withdrawal Agreements will continue to have access to home fee status and student financial support on broadly the same basis as now. Generally this covers those who:
    • are living in the UK by 31 December 2020 having exercised a right to reside under EU law, the EEA Agreement or the Free Movement of Persons Agreement, and;
    • continue to live in the UK after 31 December 2020.
    Such persons will generally have applied for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before 30 June 2021, apart from Irish citizens, who are not required to apply as their rights will be protected as a result of Common Travel Area arrangements.

    Settled status

    Those who have been granted settled status under the EUSS will generally be eligible for home fee status, tuition fee and maintenance support if they have been ordinarilyresident in the UK and Islands for at least 3 years.

    Irish citizens are automatically treated as settled in the UK and do not need to apply to the EUSS to benefit from these rights.

    Pre-settled status

    In practice, the Student Loans Company (SLC) will accept pre-settled status, together with ID documentation, as evidence for the purposes of awarding student support to EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members. We anticipate that providers will take the same approach when awarding home fee status where the student has 3 years’ residence in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA, Switzerland or the British/EU overseas territories.

    EU nationals, and their family members, will generally be awarded tuition fee support by the SLC where the student has pre-settled status and has 3 years’ residence in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland (unless that residence was wholly or mainly for the purpose of education).

    The SLC will award tuition fee and maintenance support to EEA and Swiss workers, and their family members, where the student has pre-settled status and 3 years’ residency in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland. They will also ask for financial evidence to confirm applicants are working, have worked or are looking for work, for example, P60 or a letter from an employer.

    The SLC will award tuition fee and maintenance support to the child of a former EEA or Swiss migrant worker where the student has pre-settled status and 3 years’ residency in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland.

    In line with Government policy, family members of people of Northern Ireland1 where the family member has pre-settled status will be eligible for home fee status and tuition fee support on the same basis as family members of EU nationals covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.

    Irish citizens covered by the Withdrawal Agreement do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to benefit from citizens’ rights. Please also see the section below: ‘The Common Travel Area arrangement with Ireland’.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.


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    Latest announcements regarding the 2021/22 academic year.


    Prospective students should check out the above resources regularly.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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