Senior Tutor at Trinity, Professor Catherine Barnard, welcomed the announcement by the UK Government that EU students applying to English universities in the 2017-2018 academic year would continue to be eligible for funding support.
EU students applying for 2017 entry will remain eligible for the same student loans and grants as now throughout their course – even if the UK leaves the EU during that period.
Professor Barnard said:
This should help alleviate the concerns of EU students who are applying to Cambridge for 2017-2018. Trinity welcomes students and researchers from all over the world and we remain committed to the fertile exchange of ideas that is a hallmark of the College.
The government’s announcement of 11 October follows assurances given after the EU referendum result. Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, said the decision will ‘provide important stability for both universities and students.’ He said:
International students make an important contribution to our world-class universities and we want that to continue.
Previously, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said that the University of Cambridge was ‘a proudly global institution.’
It is only by attracting and retaining the best students, researchers and support staff from the United Kingdom and from overseas that it is able to fulfil its mission: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. The collegiate University remains deeply committed to its international partnerships, to its global alumni network, and to the dedicated staff and students who come to Cambridge from all over the world.
Under existing student finance rules, EU students are eligible to receive undergraduate tuition fee loans if they have resided in the European Economic Area for at least three years prior to study. EU nationals who have resided in the UK for over five years can also apply for undergraduate maintenance support and loans for Master’s degrees.
For more information on EU student funding: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-support-for-eu-students