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11 Oct 2016

Funding support for EU students

On 11 October 2016, the UK government announced the following developments regarding current EU students within the English higher and further education system, and those wishing to study in 2017/2018 at a higher and further education institution in England.

The government statement reads as follows:

Existing students and students applying for the 2016 to 2017 academic year

EU students currently in higher or further education, who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for the courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA (European Economic Area) for at least 3 years), loans and maintenance support (for those resident in the UK for at least 3 years or who are EEA migrant workers), and some other grants and allowances.

Students beginning study in the 2017 to 2018 academic year

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who are applying to study a course which starts in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and which attracts student support, are also unchanged. Student Finance England (SFE) will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/or loans by the SFE will then be eligible for this support and for home fee status for the duration of their study. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from August 2017, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least 5 years or be EEA migrant workers in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

For further detailed information please visit the Gov.uk website.

Any students or applicants with concerns about student finance please contact studentservices@rave.ac.uk

Ravensbourne remains committed to all our current EU students and welcomes all applications from the EU including from other countries around the world.

We welcome this announcement from the UK government, as it provides some stability to students already with us, and for those wishing to come and join our creative community.

Professor Linda Drew

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