UK opens student funding applications for EU undergraduates

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Undergraduate students in the UK from European countries can now apply for student funding for the 2022/23 academic year, the UK government has announced.

New and continuing EU students can apply for Tuition Support and Support for Living Costs. Additionally, students from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are eligible to apply for the funding, Erudera.com reports.

In the announcement, the government explains how the tuition loan works, noting that the university or college where the candidate student is pursuing their studies sets the student’s tuition fees and that the loan is paid directly to the establishment. Students must then repay it.

The tuition loan for the 2022/23 academic year is as follows:

  • Full-Time Student – ​​up to £9,250
  • Full-time student at private higher education institutions – up to £9,250
  • Part-time student – ​​up to £6,935
  • Part-time student at private higher education institutions – up to £4,625

Candidates may receive financial assistance for their living expenses if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • They have been living in the UK for more than three years before the first day of the academic year
  • They settled their status under the EU settlement program

The announcement emphasizes that students must apply online for funding.

According to the government, new EU students applying for tuition assistance only will receive a letter confirming the amount they will receive, usually within six weeks. During this time, continuing EU students will receive application forms to complete and return by post.

Statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) indicate that as of the 2020/21 academic year, some 106,095 or 6% of international students studying in the UK come from EU countries. EU. The latter are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs in the UK.

The number of EU students choosing the UK as a study destination has fallen since the country’s withdrawal from the EU.

Recently, the University of Oxford blamed Brexit for the drop in the number of European students. The university’s annual admissions report found that the number of European students admitted to Oxford University had halved from 8% to 4% in 2022.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) previously noted that fewer students from EU member states applied to UK universities in the 2020/21 academic year. According to UCAS, only 31,670 EU students submitted applications in 2020/21, a 50% decrease from the pre-Brexit period.

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