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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 3 Jul '18

Brexit: EU Fee and Funding Guarantees Extended to 2019-20

Brexit may be (somewhere) on the horizon, but there's good news for EU students considering postgraduate study in the UK:

The UK has guaranteed that EU students starting a degree in 2019-20 will pay the same fees as UK students and continue to have access to student loans and other funding for the duration of their courses.

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 a PhD loan to study at UK universities.
  • EU students will be able to apply for public PhD funding, including Research Council studentships.

Previously, guarantees only applied to courses starting this year (2018-19). They've now been extended to next year (2019-20) too. This is confirmed in Scotland, England and Wales. We'll update this page as soon as we know if Northern Ireland is doing the same (we think they will).

What will happen after 2019-20?

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

At the moment it looks as if the UK will enter into a two-year transition agreement with the EU after Brexit takes place on the 29 March 2019. This could see EU students given the right to start degrees on the same terms as UK students in 2020-21, but the exact details aren't confirmed yet.

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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