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EU student funding confirmed

Bill Rammell VCThe University of Bedfordshire welcomes the government’s confirmation that EU students starting courses in the 2018/19 academic year will be eligible for loans for the duration of their course.  

The announcement means students from EU countries can now apply for places on undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2018 with the confidence that they will not have to pay up-front tuition fees and will remain eligible to receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses.  

It also means that EU students commencing courses in autumn 2018 will continue to pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the full duration of their courses, even those years past the point the UK exits the EU

Bill Rammell Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire said: “This is good news for EU students. EU students remain very welcome at the University of Bedfordshire. They form a vital part of our campus life, and despite this period of change, we are committed to maintaining our diverse and welcoming learning environment.”

“Moving forward we will work along with colleagues across the university sector to explain why EU students are not just good for universities, but good for the country as a whole.” Alistair Jarvis, Deputy Chief Executive of Universities UK, added: "We welcome this announcement, which provides much needed clarity for EU students applying to start courses at English universities in the 2018–19 academic year. The university sector has made clear to government the urgent need to address this issue, as universities have already begun to receive enquiries from prospective students for the 2018–19 intake.

"It is good to see that the government has recognised the value of EU students and guaranteed their access to financial support and home fee status across undergraduate and postgraduate levels.”

Article 50

As you will be aware that on Wednesday 29 March 2017, the Prime Minister triggered Article 50 signifying the formal start of the two years of negotiation of Britain’s exit from the EU.

I want to assure you that EU students remain very welcome at the University of Bedfordshire. You form a vital part of our campus life, and despite this period of change, we are committed to maintaining our diverse and welcoming learning environment.

During the two years of negotiations, students from the EU will be able to live, work and study at the University of Bedfordshire on exactly the same terms as they do now and Article 50 should not in any way stop you from applying to join the University.

The government has guaranteed loan funding for students entering the UK in 2017 for the full duration of your course. As an extra reassurance we have pledged loan finance for the full length of courses in the unlikely event that the Government withdraws its commitment.

We have also pledged that EU student fees will not exceed those of UK students until at least 2021, even if that is after the UK has left the EU.

We will also continue to work with the UK Government to extend the existing guarantee to students starting courses beginning in the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 academic years.

Finally we promise to you that over the next two years we will work along with colleagues across the university sector to explain why EU students are not just good for universities, but good for the country as a whole.

If you have any questions or concerns about the triggering of Article 50 please get in touch. Email teameu@beds.ac.uk

Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire

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