UK Tuition Fees for EU/EEA students in 2021 and the importance of applying under the EU Settlement Scheme

As a result of the UK voting to leave the EU, the UK government has confirmed that EU, EEA and Swiss students will lose their home fee status from autumn of 2021 onwards.

But what are the implications of this announcement? And how will it affect international students who are already studying or plan to enrol at a UK university in the future?

 

The Implication of the Announcement on the Academic Year 2020-2021:

EU/EEA/Swiss students who are currently studying in the UK or will begin a full degree course in the academic year 2020-2021 and who are arriving/have arrived in the UK prior to the 31 December 2020 will continue to be eligible for home fee status in all four home nations until completion of their studies. These students will also be eligible for a tuition fee loan in England, Wales and Northern Ireland until completion of their studies.

EU/EEA/Swiss students who are in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 will also be eligible to apply to the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, allowing them to remain in the UK after their studies and to work without requiring sponsorship, provided that they apply to the scheme by 30 June 2021.

EU/EEA/Swiss students who are starting a full degree course in the academic year 2020-2021 and will be arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will also be eligible for home fee status and a tuition fee loan in England, Wales and Northern Ireland until completion of their studies.

However, EU/EEA/Swiss students arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will need to apply for a student visa under the new student visa route and in order to remain in the UK after their studies in order to work, they will need to apply to switch immigration status under the Graduate Immigration Route upon completion of their studies.

The Implications of the Announcement on Future Academic Years:

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a full degree course in the academic year 2021-2022 and arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will not be eligible for home fee status and will also not be eligible for a tuition fee loan. As a result of not being eligible for home fee status, they will be charged at international fee rate which is usually considerable higher.

Additionally, EU/EEA/Swiss students arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will need to apply for a student visa through the new student route and will also be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route upon completion of their studies.

The implications of the EU Settlement Scheme on tuition fees:

As mentioned above, EU/EEA/Swiss students who are in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 are also eligible to apply to the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, allowing them to remain in the UK after studying, provided that they apply to the scheme by 30 June 2021.

If a student has pre-settled status, this will have no impact on their tuition fees and they will continue to be charged at home fee rate if they began studying in the academic year 2020-2021 or before; or at international fee rate if beginning studying in the academic year 2021-2022.

If a student has settled status prior to the first day of the academic year, is ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the academic year and has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the academic year, the student will be eligible for home fee status.