Category: Studying

EU students' access to student loans vs Brexit

European students (EU) are worried about the fact that Brexit is happening, which will eventually affect their way to study in the UK. After the long and hard break-up between the EU and the UK, Brexit is making its way to change the diplomatic relationship between the two parties. A lot of changes are being made in terms of immigration rules and trade deals. The UK’s higher education is also facing the hard fact that its attraction towards EU and non-EU students is decreasing because of the potential for strict visa and immigration policies.

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No change in laws until 2021

Good news! There will be no changes in terms of immigration rules toward EU students until 2021, according to UK government website. This means:

  • EU students are still eligible for financial support when they apply to study at any English universities or college. This financial support is tuition fee loan which can go up to £9250 for a full-time course and £6935 for a part-time course. This loan will be paid directly to your course providers who are English Universities or Colleges.
  • EU students who have lived in the UK for at least 5 years prior to the first day of the first academic year of your courses have access to maintenance loan. This means you can apply for finance to cover your living costs during your study. Academic years start on 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July. Contact us to find out more information:
  • EU students usually do not know about the fact that you can apply for the migrant worker scheme which is offered for EU students who work at least 16 hours a week while studying. This scheme allows EU students to receive maintenance funding from the UK government from £3000 up to £12000 a year to top up on your work pay. This means as long as you work, you're eligible for maintenance loan as well as tuition fee loan.
  • With postgraduate students who would like to study Masters or PhD degrees in the UK, You are eligible for a student loan worth up to £10,000 a year which will help you cover tuition fees as well as living expenses.

How to apply for student finance

Student finance application usually takes up to 8 weeks to proceed. Meanwhile, you will have to pay for tuition fees in the first month of enrollment. However, the loan will not be valid (the money will not be taken) up until the student finance pays your university. That's why we highly advise that if you're interested in studying in the UK and you have to make a loan to afford, apply as soon as possible! You don't need to secure a university place before applying for a student loan as the university application usually takes much less time to proceed.

You can apply for student finance at any time of the year and even if when you have not decided what or where to study in the UK. The loan will get approved but you will not be in debt up until the student finance company pays your university.

If you are a new EU student and you wish to apply to study in the UK for the first time, you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover up to full tuition fees. You can apply by completing this form.

If you struggle with completing the form, you can contact the helpline to ask for help to apply online via Helpline - alternative formats only,, 0141 243 3686. Or you can just contact us as your counsellor, we will support you through the application process. 

If you are a continuing EU student, you can complete this form or read more information about your case here.

All the complete forms can be sent to:

Student Finance Services

Student Loans Company

PO Box 89


County Durham


United Kingdom

Before applying for student finance, it is better to contact your course provider to make sure the tuition fees and the amount you can apply for.

Or you can find out by contacting UKEC via UKEC has the best team of education advisors based in London, Manchester, Cardiff and etc., who can support you through the whole process of finding courses, applying and enrolling in your dream education.