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Brexit Information

Advice for our current and prospective students

Last updated: 2 November 2020

Following the UK's exit from the European Union (EU), it is understandable that our students and applicants from the EU are unsure of the implications of this result on their position as current students or as potential students at Lancaster University.

Lancaster University would like to assure you, and all our current and future students – whatever their background – that we recognise the academic and cultural benefit that all our European students bring to both the University and the wider Lancaster community that includes students from over 140 countries around the world.

Future students

Tuition fees and student finance - students starting a course after August 2021

Following the announcement from the UK government that EU students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer receive the same fee status and access the same financial support entitlement as UK students, Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States starting a course in 2021-22 and beyond, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021, unless they benefit from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For current fees please refer to the fees section on individual undergraduate or postgraduate course pages.

If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to qualify for student finance.

More information: UK government information on who qualifies for student finance

As more plans are announced in the future, Lancaster University will work towards ensuring that the best interests of all our students are maintained and we will continue to be a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.

Immigration and visas – students starting a course after 1 January 2021

If you will be starting a course on or after 1 January 2021, and do not have pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will need to apply for a student visa via the new Student Route.

You will be able to apply for this new visa from 5 October 2020.

The UK government has published a guide for EU students on this new points-based immigration system, to help you get started.

Current students

Tuition fees and student finance

The UK government has announced that European Union students starting a course at an English university or further education institution in 2020-2021 will continue to have the opportunity to access student finance - and will be able to do so for the duration of their course.

Under current student finance rules, EU students are eligible to receive undergraduate tuition fee loans and Masters loans if they have resided in the European Economic Area for at least 3 years prior to study. EU nationals who have resided in the UK for over 5 years are also able to apply for undergraduate maintenance support.

For further information visit the UK government's information for EU students on student funding.

Similarly, under EU law, EU students are also eligible for ‘home’ fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

EU students who are registered at the University in 2020 (either as a new or continuing student) will continue to be charged the ‘home’ rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme.

Immigration, visas and The EU Settlement Scheme

EU Students arriving to study in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 will not require a visa to enter the UK to start their studies, under the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

Students who will remain in the UK after 30 June 2021 can apply for permission to remain in the UK under a Government scheme known as the EU Settlement Scheme.

Most EU/EEA citizens and Swiss nationals will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they wish to remain in the UK after 30 June 2021. There are a few exceptions (e.g. British citizen living in Europe or non-EU national living in Europe).

EU Students arriving in the UK on or after 1 January 2021, who do not have pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, will need to apply for a student visa via the new Student Route.

You will be able to apply for this new visa from 5 October 2020.

The UK government has published a guide for EU students on this new points-based immigration system, to help you get started.

The EU Settlement Scheme

For all EU students who wish to continue living in the UK

Your rights to live in the UK will not change until 31 December 2020.

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who are living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

The EUSS means citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will be able to stay and continue to work, study and access benefits and services broadly on the same basis as they currently do. It is free to apply.

If you want to stay in the UK you’ll have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Check how to continue living in the UK.

It is free and is designed to be short and straightforward. You can complete the application from a laptop, tablet or mobile device. You will need to provide proof of identity and proof of residence.

The scheme is now open.

For more information: UK Council for International Student Affairs advice on what Brexit means for students and their families