Finance for international and EU students

Tuition fees

Fees can vary depending where you're studying and whether you're from the EU or outside the EU – check university and college websites. Find the links in our search tool.

For guidance on whether you are eligible to pay overseas or home/EU fees, please refer to the UKCISA website.

EU student fees update

In a written statement on 23 June 2020, Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, announced that from August 2021 EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status undergraduate, postgraduate, and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. This change will also apply to further education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships.

Note that EU students entering HE in 2020/21 will continue to pay home fees for the duration of their course and be eligible for the UK’s EU settlement scheme if they arrived before the end of this year (31 December 2020). Students who start university or college in the 2020/21 academic year but arrive after 31 December 2020 will also be eligible for home fees but will need to apply for a student visa.

This will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Governments in the rest of the UK are yet to confirm arrangements, but we’ll communicate their position as soon as it is known.

Update 28 August: Northern Irish government has confirmed that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members will no longer be eligible for ‘home’ fee charges or financial support from Student Finance NI for courses starting from academic year 2021/22. View the full update.

Update 10 August: Kirsty Williams, MS, Minister for Education, Wales, has confirmed that EU students who begin a course of higher or further education in Wales on or after 1 August 2021 will not be eligible for support or, in the case of higher education courses, home fee status. View the full update.

Update 9 July: Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, announced details of the tuition fee arrangements for EU students starting a course in Scotland from the 2021-22 academic year. EU students will have to pay tuition fees from 2021/22. Note that EU students who have already started their studies, or who start this autumn, will not be affected. View the announcement.

Financial help for EU students

The Government has announced the student support arrangements for EU students entering higher education in England in 2018 and 2019. EU students who begin their studies in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years will continue to have ‘home fee status’, so they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students. They will also be eligible for the same student loan and grants  for the duration of their course. Check the GOV.UK website for further information. 

The Welsh Government has provided an update regarding student support arrangements for EU students entering higher education in Wales in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic year. 

The Scottish Government has also confirmed the student support arrangements for EU applicants entering HE in Scotland in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years. Full information can be found on the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) website.

The Northern Irish Government has confirmed the student support arrangements for EU students entering higher education in Northern Ireland in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

View further information

Financial help for non-EU students

International (and EU) students may be able to find a scholarship, grant or bursary.