EU-student funding guarantee extended

Oct 11, 2016 by

EU students applying for a place at English universities for the next academic year will be eligible for loans and grants, ministers have said.

And these students’ loans and grants will be available for the duration of their degree course.

The arrangement will be honoured even if the UK exits the EU in that period.

The government’s announcement means European students applying to study from 2017-18 will be able to access the same funding and support they are now.

Ministers say the move will help give universities and colleges certainty over future funding.

‘Stability’

Shortly after the EU referendum result in June, the government gave a guarantee that students currently in higher or further education – and those applying for a place this academic year (2016-17) – would continue to be able to access student funding support.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said: “We know that the result of the referendum brought with it some uncertainties for our higher education sector.

“International students make an important contribution to our world class universities, and we want that to continue.

“This latest assurance that students applying to study next year will not only be eligible to apply for student funding under current terms, but will have their eligibility maintained throughout the duration of their course, will provide important stability for both universities and students.”

Source: EU-student funding guarantee extended – BBC News

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