Advice

EU/ EEA nationals

FUNDING FOR EU/EEA NATIONALS

The EU includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland ,Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

The EEA is made up of all EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.  Nationals of Switzerland also qualify under this category.

You may qualify for home fee status and the full student finance package (i,e funding towards living costs as well as tuition fees) if you are an EEA/Swiss Migrant Worker, or you are an eligible family member of an EEA/Swiss Migrant Worker. 

More information on the eligibility criteria can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

The Implications of the UK leaving the European Union – EU Students

The United Kingdom left the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on Friday 31st January 2020 following the approval of a withdrawal agreement negotiated between the UK government and the EU.

As part of the Agreement, an implementation period will run until Thursday 31 December 2020. This will see the UK temporarily remain a member of the single market and customs union and continue to be subject to EU regulations. UK citizens resident in the EU and EU citizens resident in the UK prior to the UK’s departure will enjoy largely the same rights as they did before exit day. The Agreement further guarantees that UK-based participants in Horizon 2020 projects will continue to be funded by the EU to the end of their projects.

Negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU are currently taking place. Both parties are seeking to agree and ratify the terms of the future relationship before the transition period ceases to apply in December.

The information is correct at the time of writing on the basis of current UK government and EU policy. It will be updated as new advice is issued.


Entitlement to Tuition Fee & Maintenance Loan

Nationals of the above countries can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9250, provided they meet certain eligibility criteria regarding residence in the EEA, previous study, etc.

Students can also apply for a Maintenance Loan and means-tested Supplementary Grants, as long as they have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 5 years prior to the first day of the first year of their course (normally 1 September). 

The Maintenance Loan is made up of a non-means tested element and a means-tested element.

Students in receipt of certain welfare benefits, such as Housing Benefit, are able to receive additional loan amounts and should speak to a Student Adviser in the Advice Centre.

More information on the eligibility criteria can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

Im a Current Student - will my fee status change

The uk government has confirmed that current students and students starting in 2020/21 will continue to have "Home" fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course. 

The UK government has confirmed that eligible undergraduate and postgraduate EU students who commenced or are continuing on an eligible course in the 2020/21 academic year, will be able to apply for student loan support for the duration of their course provided that they meet the residency requirements.

You can find more information regarding fees via:

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/students-and-family/eu-referendum-outcome

For EU students starting in the academic year 2021/22

  • Following an announcement by the Universities Minister on 23 June 2020, EU fee status students starting a course in 2021/22 will no longer be eligible to pay fees at the ‘Home’ rate and will instead be charged the higher ‘Overseas’ rate. This change will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, who will continue to be charged fees at the ‘Home’ rate for the duration of their course. 

Where can I find information and advice on studying in the UK and on the implications of the UK leaving the European Union?

Please refer to the UKCISA website for up to date information on studying in the UK