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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 21 Apr '17

Brexit: EU Fee and Funding Guarantees Extended to 2018 Courses

Brexit may be on the horizon, but there won't be any immediate impact on students studying abroad in the UK next year.

All parts of the UK have confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home' fees and public funding at UK universities for courses starting in the 2018-19 academic year.

This extends previous guarantees for 2017-18 and applies to all courses, including postgraduate degrees.

It means that:

  • EU students will pay the same fees as UK students for a Masters or PhD.
  • EU students will be able to apply for a Masters degree loan to study at UK universities.
  • EU students will be able to apply for public PhD funding, including Research Council studentships.

These guarantees have been made for courses starting in the 2017-18 or 2018-19 academic years. They will apply for the duration of your course: your fee and funding status will not change even if Brexit occurs whilst you are studying in the UK.

What about the 2018 PhD loans?

The UK will be introducing doctoral loans of up to £25,000 in 2018. The Government has stated that EU students may be eligible for this support, but a final decision has not yet been made.

The extension of fee and funding guarantees to 2018 is encouraging though. It means that EU students will still benefit from support when the loans are introduced. This could make eligibility for the PhD loans more likely.

What will happen after 2018-19?

This will depend on the UK's Brexit negotiations and the terms of any ongoing deals with the European Union.

There is reason to be optimistic though. So far the UK has extended fee and funding guarantees from 2016-17 to 2017-18 and now to 2018-19.

The UK Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, has also made the following statement on the importance of EU students to the UK:

We have been clear about our commitment to the UK’s world-class higher education sector. Through our modern industrial strategy and the additional £4.7 billion committed for research and innovation over the next 5 years, we are ensuring the UK has the skills and environment it needs to continue leading the way in academia and research.

A key part of our success is attracting talent from across the globe. This will provide reassurance to the brightest minds from across Europe to continue applying to study in the UK, safe in the knowledge financial assistance is available if needed.

We'll be keeping an eye on the ongoing Brexit process and what it means for postgraduate students from the UK, EU and elsewhere. You can stay informed by subscribing to our free newsletter.

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