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Fees & Funding

Students starting in the 2020/21 academic year or earlier

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting their Higher Education course up to and including starting in the academic year 2020-21 will be able to access English government funding on the same basis as they can currently, for the duration of their course. Please see below for information about the eligibility rules for English Student Finance.

The NHS has advised us that NHS funding will continue to be available for courses with NHS funded years for students starting their HE course by the 2020/21 academic year.

Tuition fee levels for EU students who enter Higher Education in 2020 will remain at the same level of that of UK students for the course duration. For information on tuition fee amounts click here.

The information in the Money section of our website is for students who pay the home/EU tuition fee - in the funding advice guides in the pages for either undergraduate or postgraduates you will see information specifically for EU/EEA students, for example about eligibility for English government student finance.

There is also eligibility information on the UKCISA website.

We have guidance on our website to help you understand the cost of living for students in London, how to plan your own budget and manage your money, and how get the best value for your money.

If after reading our guidance you have any questions about funding your studies, please contact a Welfare Adviser. 

Students starting in the 2021/22 academic year and beyond

On 23 June 2020, England's Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP, confirmed the following:

"I am today confirming the eligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members, who wish to commence courses in England in the Academic Year starting in August 2021. Following our decision to leave the EU, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. This change will also apply to Further Education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships. It will not affect students starting courses in academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement. EU, other EEA and Swiss students, staff and researchers make an important contribution to our universities. I want that contribution to continue and am confident – given the world-leading quality of our higher education sector – that it will."

See England's 2021/22 full parliamentary statement and press announcement

Until the government publishes the regulations which give effect to the announced changes, there is a lack of clarity. UKCISA has asked the government a number of questions about this which you can read on their website. 

Please read the information on the Queen Mary Admissions web page about how they are assessing fee status for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting university from September 2021. 


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