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Brexit Information for International Students

The (Brexit) transition period ended on 31 December 2020; the UK has now left the European Union.

EU/EEA Fees for 2020/21

If you are a European student joining a programme in January or April 2021, you will still be eligible to pay home (UK) tuition fees.

EU/EEA Fees for 2021/22

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National with Settled or Pre-Settled Status in the UK you will still be eligible to pay Home fees and have access to Student Finance England tuition loans after 1st September 2021.

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National living overseas you will be classified as "Overseas" for fees purposes from 1st September 2021.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national student starting at university in England on or after 1st August 2021 and you were not in the UK before 31st December 2020, you will no longer be eligible for UK Home fees status or have access to the Student Loans. You will need to apply for a visa under the new Student route.

The University of Cumbria wishes to support European students affected by the change in status through this transition period.  We will award an (automatic) FEE REDUCTION SCHOLARSHIP to all eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2021 or January 2022, which brings your fee into line with the fee paid by UK students.  This will apply for the duration of your degree course.

To receive the EU Fee Reduction Scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Be classified as 'Overseas' for fees purposes
  • Be an EU/EEA/Swiss national on 1 September (2021) before the start of the course

Changes to the eligibility of EU students for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance England have been confirmed in a Government Statement. These changes take effect from academic year 2021/22 entry. Exemptions apply to those who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may still be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate and associated financial support. Irish nationals should apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

This information does not apply to apprenticeships. Please see our Apprenticeship pages for more information, click here.

For further information please use the following links:

  • The latest information from UK Government:
  • Latest advice and guidance from UKCISA (the UK Council for International Student Affairs)

You can also download the Home Office's useful guides to immigration and the new Points Based System (PBS):

Further helpful information and advice:

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