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Tuition fees and scholarships for EU residents

Tuition fees for EU students are changing due to Brexit, but our Transition Scholarship will help

Due to the UK leaving the European Union as a result of Brexit, changes are being made to the tuition fees that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will pay to study in the UK. This page contains information about the fee changes. 

If, after reading the information, you have further questions, please get in touch with us

New EU students starting in 2020/21

If you’re an EU student starting a course in the academic year 2020/21, including January to July 2021, you’ll continue to be eligible for the same fees as UK students and for financial assistance under existing support arrangements. 

Existing EU students continuing a course into 2021/22

If you’re an eligible student assessed as a 'UK or 'EU' fee-payer in the academic year 2020/21 or earlier, you’ll pay the same tuition fees throughout your course. You won’t see any changes to your loan eligibility. 

This is a result of UK Government guarantees. The guarantee applies for the full duration of enrolment on your course and it will apply regardless of what happens with Brexit.

New EU students starting in 2021/22 (excluding Republic of Ireland)

The UK Government has confirmed tuition fee and student loan arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss students starting courses in the academic year 2021/2022.

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss national or an EU national with settled status in the UK, starting a course in the academic year 2021/22 or later years, you will no longer be eligible for the same fees as UK students. You’ll pay the same fees as an international student. But a Transition Scholarship will be applied to your fees reducing them to the same amount as UK students. You can find details of the fees for EU residents on our course pages.

You won’t be eligible for undergraduate, postgraduate or advanced learner financial support or loans from Student Finance England. But you can apply for other forms of financial support. 

University of Portsmouth Transition Scholarships for European residents starting in 2021/22

In recognition of the ongoing uncertainty regarding Brexit, if you’re a student resident in the EU, EEA or Switzerland or an EU national with settled status in the UK, and you join the University of Portsmouth in 2021/22, you’ll be eligible for a Transition Scholarship. The scholarship will apply to new undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students in 2021/22. 

The scholarship will be applied to your fees throughout the length of your course. As a result, the actual fee you’ll pay will be equivalent to the fee for UK students in 2021/22 and beyond. The scholarship will be set at different levels for different courses. 

If you already meet the conditions to be classed as a UK student for fees and funding purposes, you won’t receive the scholarship. You’ll pay the same fees as UK students.  

Tuition fee deposits 

If you’re an EU, EEA, Swiss national or EU national with settled status in the UK starting a course from August 2021, you’ll need to pay tuition fee deposits, in line with the requirement for international students. Find information about deposits on our ‘Tuition fees for international students’ page.

Exemptions (including Republic of Ireland)

The changes in student fees and funding will not affect you if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss national benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. 

The changes will also not affect you if you’re an Irish national living in the UK or Ireland. Your right to study and access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement

In general, you’ll continue to be required to meet the same criteria as UK nationals to be eligible for UK fees and funding.

Get in touch

  • If you have any questions about your immigration status please contact global@port.ac.uk
  • For queries about tuition fee status please contact feeassessment@port.ac.uk
  • For applicants with confirmed ‘Home’ (UK) fees status, if you have queries about your eligibility for student support funding, please contact the Student Finance Centre: studentfinance@port.ac.uk

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