EU students applying for a place at Welsh universities for the 2019/20 academic year will be eligible for financial support, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced on Mon 2 July.
EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from Student Finance Wales and those EU nationals who intend to begin studying in the academic year 2019/20 will be eligible for support from loans and grants.
EU students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the Student Finance Wales website, for information about the support available.
Kirsty Williams said,
“I am pleased to confirm today that EU students will continue to be entitled to student support in the 19/20 academic year.
“This is absolutely vital if we’re to continue to attract students from around the world to study and research at our universities.
“This will provide some welcome clarity for our universities and colleges regarding future funding, but also assures prospective EU students that there will not be any disruption to their funding as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
“Our universities are central to our social and economic future, which value and celebrate their links with Europe, and thrive through the diversity of the people who come to them.
“Today’s announcement sends a very clear message; Wales remains a friendly, outward-looking and tolerant place to study. We deeply value our students from the EU and beyond and look forward to welcoming many more to our world-class institutions.”
Current students and those applying to start study in the remainder of the 2017/18 Academic year
EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher or further education, and who are eligible to receive loans and/or grants from Student Finance Wales (‘SFW’) will continue to remain eligible for these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance provided to eligible EU students by SFW. This includes support to cover tuition fees, loans and grants for maintenance, and some other grants and allowances. These students are also entitled to home fee status. This also applies to students who have not yet started their course, but who will do so before the end of the 2017/18 Academic Year.
Students beginning study in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Academic years
As for students studying in the 2017/18 Academic Year, the eligibility rules regarding student support and home fee status applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who wish to enter the UK to study a course in Wales which starts in either the 2018/19 or the 2019/20 Academic Year and which attracts student support, are also unchanged. SFW 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 SFW will then be eligible for this support and for home fee status for the duration of their course.