EU Referendum: What it means for EU students
UKCISA have written a briefing paper to clarify the issues and to set out what they do and do not know at this point.
Precise points of law will have to be debated and clarified over the coming few years however UKCISA advises students to check their own position on:
- fee status eligibility with the institution at which they are studying or intending to study; and
- student finance with the appropriate agencies.
- EU students currently on courses and receiving student finance will remain eligible to do so.
- The funding bodies in England, Scotland and Wales have sought to reassure EU nationals about continuing student finance eligibility. UKCISA states that students who are planning to commence university study on an eligible course this Autumn will be eligible for student finance in the normal way. Those people will then continue to be eligible for student finance for the duration of their study on that course.
- Student Finance NI has not as yet made an announcement but it is expected shortly.
- There has been no announcement on eligibility for student finance for those planning to commence study in 2017.
- It is UKCISA’s understanding that a number of universities are guaranteeing that fee status will not be reassessed during the duration of the course for those starting in 16/17 even if the UK leaves the EU before their course ends and they will continue to be charged the Home/EU rate rather than the significantly higher Non-EU rate.
- You should contact your institution directly to confirm their policy but there is clearly an intention and commitment from institutions to do whatever is in their power to enable as many EU Students as possible to continue to study in the UK in the future.