Oxford Brookes welcomes continued funding support for EU students

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Oxford Brookes student in JHBB library

The Government has today (11 October 2016) announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

The decision, which has been welcomed by Oxford Brookes, will mean that 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 European Union during that period.

We as a University, and the sector as a whole, will seek further assurances that staff and students from EU countries can continue to work and study at British universities and in the promotion of the UK as a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds

Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer

The Government’s announcement follows a commitment earlier this summer by Oxford Brookes that EU students joining the University in the 2017/18 academic year will continue to pay EU level fees for the duration of their course, which is in line with fees levels for UK students.

Therefore, if you join us as an EU student in 2017/18 you will not move to international level fees, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law.

Responding to the Government announcement, Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, said: “Oxford Brookes welcomes this decision by the Government. We as a University, and the sector as a whole, will seek further assurances that staff and students from EU countries can continue to work and study at British universities and in the promotion of the UK as a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.

“We look forward to further announcements which help reassure EU staff and students and that support Oxford Brookes’ commitment to being a University which is tolerant, inclusive and has a truly international outlook.”

Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK, commented: “This announcement provides much needed clarity for EU students applying to start courses at English universities in autumn 2017. Over recent weeks the university sector has made very clear to Government the urgent need to address this issue. It is good to see the Government has recognised the value of EU students and acted positively to guarantee their access to financial support.”

Oxford Brookes has a dedicated webpage with frequently asked questions about the UK’s decision to leave the EU which the University will continue to update as further information is known.

Further detail on the Government’s announcement is available to read online.