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Update for EU, EEA & Swiss Students

Updates for 2022/23

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

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

Existing EU, EEA or Swiss students continuing a course into 2021/22

If you're an eligible student assessed as a 'UK or 'EU' fee-payer in the academic year 2020/21 or earlier, you’ll pay the same tuition fees throughout your course. You won’t see any changes to your loan eligibility.

This is a result of UK Government guarantees. The guarantee applies for the full duration of enrolment on your course and it will apply regardless of what happens now the UK has left the EU.

New EU, EEA or Swiss students starting in 2021/22 and 2022/23 (excluding Republic of Ireland)

The UK Government has confirmed tuition fee and student loan arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss students starting courses in the academic year 2021/2022 and beyond.

If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss national, starting a course in the academic year 2021/22 or later years, you will no longer be eligible for the same fees as UK students. You'll be required to pay the same fees as an international student. However, the University of Cumbria will automatically apply the EU Transition Scholarship to your fees reducing them to the same amount as UK students. To be eligible for an EU Transition Scholarship you need to be a resident of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

You won't be eligible for undergraduate, postgraduate or advanced learner financial support or loans from Student Finance England. But you may be able to apply for other forms of financial support.

What if I am part of the EU Settlement Scheme?

Guidance regarding eligibility of EU students for 'Home' fee status for courses beginning from 2021/22 academic year can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. We will assess your fees status in line with the latest government advice and guidance.

Current information suggests if you are an an EU, EEA or Swiss national and have been granted 'settled' status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you'll generally be eligible for home fee status, tuition fee and maintenance support if you have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for at least 3 years.

Please check the main UoC Student Finance pages for further information.

For more details on eligibility and what support is available visit the Studying in the UK: guidance for EU students pages on the website.

University of Cumbria Transition Scholarships for European residents

In recognition of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the post-Brexit transition period, all students resident in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, who join the University of Cumbria in 2021/22 or 2022/23, will be eligible for an EU Transition Scholarship. The scholarship will apply to new undergraduate and postgraduate-taught students only.

The scholarship will be applied to your fees throughout the length of your course. As a result, the actual fee you'll pay will be equivalent to the fee for UK students in 2021/22 and beyond. The scholarship may be set at different levels for different courses (to bring it in-line with Home Fees).

If you already meet the conditions to be classed as a UK student for fees and funding purposes, you won’t receive the scholarship. You’ll pay the same fees as UK students.

EU Transition Scholarship - Terms and Conditions

To receive the EU Transition Scholarship you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The scholarship is only available to students who join us in September 2021, January 2022, April 2022, September 2022, January 2023 and April 2023.
  • You must be an EU, EEA or Swiss national and have been resident in the EU, EEA and Switzerland for a minimum of 3 years to be eligible for this scholarship. If you already meet the conditions to be classed as a UK student for tuition fees, you won't receive this scholarship.
  • The scholarship is available to full-time students studying an undergraduate, postgraduate taught, postgraduate research degree on campus with annual fees of £12,800 or above (for 2021/22).
  • The scholarship is also available to students on a study abroad programme bringing tuition fees in line with UK students (i.e. £4,625 for one term, £9,250 for a full academic year).
  • The scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction, resulting in the actual fee you pay being the equivalent to the fee of a UK student in the same academic year, effective at the time of registration and applied for the length of your course.
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer, apart from the Alumni discount.
  • The discounted fee will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS). This is the final document you receive when you have an Unconditional Offer to study at the University of Cumbria and have paid your deposit.

Tuition fee deposits

If you are an EU, EEA, Swiss national starting a course from August 2021 you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit unless you are confirmed as 'Home' fee status. If you are a recipient of an educational loan from your government, this can meet the deposit requirement by emailing the evidence to

Find information about deposits and any other exemptions on our International Tuition Fees page.

Exemptions (including Republic of Ireland)

The changes in student fees and funding will not affect you if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss national benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

The changes will also not affect you if you're an Irish national living in the UK or Ireland. Your right to study and access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

In general, you’ll continue to be required to meet the same criteria as UK nationals to be eligible for UK fees and funding.

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