I’m writing with a further update on what the Higher Education sector has been saying in regards to students following the referendum to leave the EU.
Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science has stated that:
“EU and international students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and our European neighbours are among some of our closest research partners.
There are obviously big discussions to be had with our European partners, and I look forward to working with the sector to ensure its voice is fully represented and that it continues to go from strength to strength.”
It's pretty vague, but then again everything is vague right now. But what I can tell you about is:
- Students who are currently studying in the UK from the EU, or about to start a course this autumn, will still be eligible to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company. They will continue to receive funding for the duration of their course.
- The new postgraduate Master's loans are also still available to eligible EU students.
- The department for Business Innovation and Skills have also said that students studying in the EU or taking part on an Erasmus+ programme will not be affected. Additionally, UK students wanting to study in the EU next academic year should see no change to current arrangements.
- Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest Research and Innovation programme ever, should see no immediate impact and the UK can continue to apply and participate.
There is also a statement from Student Finance England here: http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/about-us/practitioners-news/eu-nationals-and-student-finance-in-england.aspx