Applicants from the European Union
Following the result of the referendum of the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), it is understandable that our applicants from the EU are unsure of the implications of this result on their current position as potential students at Lancaster University.
European Union students applying for university places in the 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years will still have access to student funding support.
The UK government has announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in 2018-2019, 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.
This decision means that students applying to study from 2018, 2019 or 2020 will be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, and that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.
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. 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.
Lancaster University would like to assure you, and all our current and future students – whatever their background – that Lancaster is a welcoming community that includes students from around the world (142 countries). This will not change. The actual process of withdrawing from the EU is expected to take considerable time to plan and implement. Lancaster University can confirm that it has no plans to change the tuition fees for EU students that are published for 2018 or 2019 entry. EU students who are registered at the University in 2018, 2019 or 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. As further details become available, we will publish information on our website.
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.