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Overseas Students: Immigration

Question for Department for Education

UIN 186142, tabled on 23 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether students who have pre-settled status will be categorised as home students and required to the pay the same tuition fees as home students.

Answered on

28 April 2021

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members who are covered by the Withdrawal Agreements will continue to have access to home fee status and student financial support on broadly the same basis as now. Generally, this covers those who:

  • started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, having exercised a right to reside under EU law, the EEA Agreement or the Free Movement of Persons Agreement; and
  • continue to live in the UK after 31 December 2020.

Such persons will generally have applied for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021, apart from Irish citizens, who are not required to apply as their rights will be protected by the Common Travel Area arrangements.

​In practice, the Student Loans Company will accept pre-settled status, together with identification documentation, as evidence for the purposes of awarding student support to EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members. We anticipate that providers will take the same approach when awarding home fee status where the student has 3 years’ residence in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA, Switzerland, or the British/EU overseas territories.

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