EU Referendum: Information for EEA Students

Updates for European Economic Area (EEA) students

26 June 2017 - the UK Government published a document that sets out how it intends to treat non-UK EU nationals after the UK leaves the European Union. 

12 June 2017 - the European Commission published its latest position paper on the essential principles of citizens’ rights.

March 2017 - the UK formally triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. During this time, it still remains part of the European Union and will likely continue to be so for a minimum of two years (until March 2019). During this time, EEA nationals’ immigration status remains unchanged until further negotiations clarify their position. This means that EEA students still have access to benefits and services, such as being subject to home rather than international tuition fees and access to loan funding schemes.

As information becomes available, this page will be updated with notification of the relevant changes. In the meantime, the funding body for England has reassured EEA nationals of the following:

Students continuing or starting a course in 2016/2017

If a student is already on a course and is receiving student finance, they will be eligible for student finance for the duration of the course.

If a student is starting on an eligible course in autumn 2016, they will be eligible for student finance and will continue to be eligible for the duration of their study on that course.

Students starting in 2017/2018

If an EEA student is applying for a place at an English university in the 2017 to 2018 academic year, they will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants and will be for the duration of their course even if the UK exits from the European Union during that time.

Students starting in 2018/2019

The funding body for England has confirmed the same funding package (as above) for students commencing study in the 2018 to 2019 academic year.


For more information, please see the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)'s section titled: EU Referendum: what we know for EU students.