UWE Bristol welcomes Government's EU student funding pledge

Issue date: 12 October 2016

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has welcomed the Government's commitment to continuing funding support for EU students into the 2017-18 academic year.

The Department for Education has announced that European Union students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution for next year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

The decision means students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period.

In response to the announcement, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said: “The Government's assurance on funding for EU students will be a relief to anyone thinking about studying here next year. It shows that we want bright minds to come to Britain to enrich our culture and support local businesses up and down the country.

“It will also help to promote our world-class education system abroad. We look forward to working with government to ensure the message that Britain remains open and welcoming to international students carries weight.”

Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK, said: “Students from other EU countries can now apply for places on undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2017 with the certainty that they will not have to pay up-front tuition fees and now have a guarantee that they will receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses. This announcement also guarantees that EU students commencing courses in autumn 2017 will continue to pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their courses, even after the point the UK exits the EU.”

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, said: “The University is a place that welcomes all students and staff to its community. Home, EU and International students and staff make the University what it is - a truly inspiring, friendly and supportive place to work and study.”

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