Information for European Students

Information for European Students following EU Referendum

Our University has a proud and strong history of educating students from Europe and we look forward to welcoming you and other European students over the coming months and years. We are delighted that the Student Loans Company has given reassurance about financial support for current students and those starting in September 2017. We include a statement on this below for your convenience.

Whilst there is not yet official confirmation of Student Loan support for new entrants for 2018 and thereafter, the University of Cumbria will continue its ambitions to be a destination of choice for our European students and we encourage potential applicants to continue to check the University website for the latest information so we can share the most up to date position with you.

Student Loans Company statement

Existing students

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher or further education, and who are eligible to receive loans and/or grants from SFE will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance provided to eligible EU students by SFE. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for at least three years), loans and grants for maintenance (for those resident in the UK for at least three years or who are EEA migrant workers), and some other grants and allowances. These students are also entitled to home fee status.

Students beginning study in the 2016/17 or 2017/18 academic year

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied to study a course which started or starts in the 2016/17 or 2017/18 Academic Year and which attracts student support, are unchanged. The SFE will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members,  who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/or loans from the SFE in the 2016/17 or 2017/18 Academic Year will be eligible for this support and for home fee status for the duration of their study. The eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from August 2016 or 2017, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years or be EEA migrant workers in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the GOV.UK website, for information on what support they can receive.

Statement from the Student Loans Company website.