Wednesday 12-10-2016 - 12:29
Students travelling from the EU to study at English institutions in the academic year 2017/18 will still have access to government funding support.
EU students studying in England will be entitled to apply for funding support for the duration of their course, following an announcement by the government yesterday.
Following the Brexit vote in June, the UK and devolved nations governments have been under pressure from NUS and MPs to commit to protecting grants and loans for EU students in further and higher education in the UK. Assurances were made over the summer that students currently in education, or were due to start a course this September, would remain eligible for funding. Yesterday’s announcement extends this commitment to next year’s cohort, with funding guaranteed even if the UK leaves the EU throughout their course.
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has today been under fire from the media, following pressure from NUS Scotland, UCU and Universities Scotland to replicate this commitment for EU students applying for a place in Scottish universities for next year. In a statement released yesterday NUS Scotland President Vonnie Sandlan called on the Scottish government to recognise the contribution that EU students, who are currently entitled to free tuition, make to Scottish institutions and wider society.
As Brexit negotiations get underway, NUS will continue to campaign to protect EU students who come to the UK to study.