Changes for EU and EEA students

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Information on the changes to fees, immigration, Erasmus+ for EU, EEA and EFTA students studying in the UK. 


EU students

There are a range of scenarios for EU students, depending on when they arrive in the UK and the academic year that their course starts. 

  1. If starting a full degree course in 2020-21 and beyond, EU students who are arriving in the UK before 31 December 2020:
    • are eligible for home fee status in all nations and the tuition fee loan in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland  
    • are eligible to apply for the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, allowing them to remain in the UK after studying, provided they have applied by 30 June 2021. 

  2. If starting a full degree course in 2020-21 and arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020, EU students: 
    • are eligible for home fee status and tuition fee loan 
    • will need to apply for a student visa through the new Student route
    • will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route. 

  3. If starting a full degree course in 2021-22 and arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020, EU students: 
    • are not eligible for home fee status and tuition fee loan in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales  
    • will need to apply for a student visa through the new Student route  
    • will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route.
       
To find out more, read the full FAQs for EU students.


EAA students

There are a range of scenarios for EEA and EFTA students, depending on when they arrive in the UK and the academic year that their courses start. 

  1. EEA and EFTA students starting a full degree course in 2020-21 and arriving in the UK before 31 December 2020: 
    • are eligible to apply for the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after studying, provided they have applied by 30 June 2021 

  2.  EEA and EFTA students starting a full degree course in 2020-21 and arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020: 
    • will need to apply for a student visa through the new Student route  
    • will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route if they are present in the UK by 6 April 2021 and meet the other eligibility requirements of the route 

  3.  EEA and EFTA students starting a full degree course in 2021-22 and arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020: 
    • will need to apply for a student visa through the new Student route • Will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route 

To find out more, read the full FAQs for EEA students.