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UUK response to government announcement on EU student funding for 2020/21

​Universities UK has responded to the announcement from the Department for Education that EU students starting courses in the 2020-21 academic year at universities in England will continue to be charged the same fees as English students and will remain eligible to receive loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses.

With the recruitment cycle for courses starting in autumn 2020 already underway, the announcement brings welcome clarity, as continued uncertainty would have significantly restricted student choice and the ability of English universities to recruit students from the EU.

Students from EU countries can now apply for places on courses starting in autumn 2020 knowing there will be no change to their status as ‘home’ students when it comes to tuition fees, and that they are eligible for a loan.

Alistair Jarvis, Universities UK Chief Executive, said:

“EU students make an important contribution to our universities, enriching our campuses culturally and academically and we are pleased to see this recognised by the government. This announcement on fees and financial support for those wishing to start a course in England in 2020/21 provides much needed clarity for EU students and for universities, particularly as it applies regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal.

“It is important that other post-Brexit policies ensure an attractive offer to students from the EU and beyond and signal that the UK continues to be a welcoming place for those wishing to study here.”


Notes

  1. The announcement from the Department for Education can be seen here. 

  2. Universities UK is the collective voice of 136 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to create the conditions for UK universities to be the best in the world; maximising their positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Universities UK acts on behalf of universities, represented by their heads of institution. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk

 


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