Brexit FAQs for students

I’m from the EU and have applied or am thinking of applying to Loughborough

Will the fees I have to pay change?

If you are intending to start a course at Loughborough in 2018/19, your tuition fees will not change. You will continue to pay the 2018/19 fee for EU students detailed in your offer letter. The University expects that during the transitional period, EU citizens starting a course in 2019/20 will continue to receive equal treatment and will therefore pay the same fees as UK students. This expectation is reflected in the fees quoted for 2019/20 entry and is subject to the ratification of the transitional arrangement.

Will I now need to get a visa to be in the UK?

No. The process for the UK to leave the EU is expected to last until at least March 2019 and there will therefore be no impact on you before this time. Beyond this, we expect changes will be minimal for students already studying in the UK but the final arrangements will depend on government decisions. 

Will I be able to apply for a student loan?

If you are intending to start at Loughborough in 2018/19 and are eligible to receive grants and/or loans from the Student Loans Company you will be eligible for these for the duration of your study on that course.

The University expects that during the transitional period, EU citizens starting a course in 2019/20 will continue to receive equal treatment and will therefore be eligible to apply for grants and/or loans from the Student Loans Company. Confirmation of this eligibility is subject to the ratification of the transitional arrangement.

Will I be able to work part-time while I’m in the UK?

Yes. There will be no immediate change to your immigration status and right to work as a result of the vote. Students who are not EU nationals are in any case currently allowed to undertake part-time work in the UK. 

Will I still be eligible to apply for a scholarship to study at the University?

There will be no immediate change to your immigration status as a result of the vote and you will still be eligible to apply for a scholarship. This will remain the case unless the Government decides otherwise. 

Will I be eligible for the Erasmus scheme?

If you are considering studying abroad in the EU and elsewhere as part of your selected programme, the vote to leave the EU should not affect this. There will not be any immediate change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus+ study abroad.

I have been offered a studentship to support my postgraduate study at Loughborough. Will this change following the UK's decision to leave the EU?

We will honour our offer of a studentship to support your postgraduate study. This is valued at the stipend level per annum stated in your letter plus all University fees associated with your higher degree registration. 

I’m from the EU and am currently studying at Loughborough

Will I continue to pay EU fees?

Yes, your place was offered to you based on tuition fees at the existing UK/EU rate and this will not change (fees may increase for all students by a small factor for inflation). 

Will I now need to get a visa to study in the UK?

No. The process for the UK to leave the EU is expected to take until at least March 2019 and there will therefore be no impact on you during this period of time. Beyond this, we expect changes will be minimal for students already studying in the UK but the final arrangements will depend on government decisions. 

Will I still be eligible for a student loan?

As a current student, there will be no change to your access to student loans as a result of the vote and you will continue to receive student finance for the duration of your course. 

Will I still be able to work part-time while I’m in the UK?

Yes. There will be no immediate change to your immigration status and right to work as a result of the vote. Students who are not EU nationals are in any case currently allowed to undertake part-time work in the UK. 

I receive a scholarship – how might the changes affect me?

As a current student, there will be no change to any scholarship you were awarded when you started your programme. If you receive any scholarships which are assessed annually (such as the Loughborough Scholarship Programme) you will continue to be considered for those scholarships in line with their criteria 

Will I still be eligible for the Erasmus scheme?

If you are considering studying abroad in the EU and elsewhere as part of your selected programme, the vote to leave the EU should not affect this. The UK Government has stated publicly that the United Kingdom is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ Programme up until we leave the European Union. It will underwrite successful bids for Erasmus+ that are submitted while the UK is still a Member State. 

I’m working in collaboration with an EU university or company – will the partnership be affected?

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 research funding programme has not changed as a result of the vote to leave the EU and existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise.

I have been offered a studentship to support my postgraduate research study at Loughborough. Will this change following the UK's decision to leave the EU?

No, we will honour the current terms of your studentship to support your postgraduate study. This is valued at the stipend level per annum stated in your initial offer letter plus all University fees associated with your higher degree registration (whether or not your fee status changes to International during your programme). 

I’m a UK student

Will I still be eligible for the Erasmus scheme?

If you are considering studying abroad in the EU and elsewhere as part of your selected programme, the vote to leave the EU should not affect this. There will not be any immediate change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus+ study abroad, nor to the immigration status of UK students choosing an Erasmus programme.