Tuition fees and financial support – if you come from the (non-UK) EU, EEA or Switzerland, or if you’re the child of a Turkish worker in the UK
This is an outline of what is available for students for 2019–20 entry. Check to find the exact dates, cost of fees and financial support available on university and student funding websites.
Universities usually have two sets of fees: one for Home/EU students, and another for international students. If you are unsure which bracket you fall under, please visit our eligibility page.
Brexit and EU students
Brexit is not set to have any immediate impact on funding for EU students attending university in the UK. England, Northern Ireland and Wales have all confirmed that EU students starting a degree in 2019 will be eligible for financial support for the duration of their course, on the same basis as they are currently. In Scotland, this has been confirmed as being extended for EU students starting a course in 2020.
If you are going to university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
Tuition fees and loans:
Universities in England can charge up to £9,250 per year for tuition fees if you are a non-UK EU student, or up to £11,100 for an accelerated degree. Universities in Wales can charge up to £9,000. Universities in Northern Ireland can charge up to £4,275. You will not have to pay up front for this. You can find specific information on student funding websites.
If you are applying to a private university there is no limit on what tuition fees they can charge, but there is a cap on the amount of loan you may apply for. You will be expected to fund the difference yourself. Fee caps are below.
- England: up to £6,935 (or up to £7,400 for an accelerated degree) depending on the institution.
- Wales: £6,165.
- Northern Ireland: £4,275.
Student Finance Services European Team,
Student Loans Company,
PO Box 89,
or call: (+44) (0)141 243 3570. You may need to provide evidence, such as a proof of identity.
You may be able to apply for additional help as well as the tuition fee loan. You will need to meet the eligibility criteria to do so. If you qualify for both, the application process is different so it is important to check. Read more about eligibility criteria.
If you meet the criteria and your course also qualifies, you should contact the Student Finance Services European Team. The address and phone number are above.
If you are from the EEA, Switzerland or the child of a Turkish worker, you may also qualify for additional help, through Student Finance England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Non-UK EU students can be charged up to £1,820 a year for tuition at a Scottish university; if you are at a private higher education institution in Scotland the fee cap is £1,205. The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay these fees if you meet the eligibility conditions. For example, if you are a Scottish resident and/or a qualifying non-UK EC student.
If you meet eligibility requirements you will be able to apply to SAAS for payment of your tuition fees. Contact SAAS at:
or call (+44) (0)300 555 0505 (choose option 4). You may need to provide evidence, such as a proof of identity.
Providing that you meet all the eligibility criteria relating to residence, you could qualify to apply for the full-support package available (tuition fees, loan, bursary and living-costs grants). Read more about eligibility.
If you have not been living in the UK for three years, you may still be eligible to apply for the full-support package available if you meet the migrant or frontier worker/self-employed person conditions. Visit the SAAS website for full information, or contact the address or phone number above.
Tuition fee support for dual EU (non-UK)/UK nationals has changed. Check with SAAS for details.
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