Brexit - for staff and students

Information for current students

Immigration status of current students who are EU nationals 

  • The immigration status of our current EU students has not changed as a result of the 2016 referendum and will remain the same until the UK has officially left the EU. Information about exercising the right to reside in the UK for study can be found on the International Student Support web pages.

Fees for students  

  • There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students at Sussex or those applying to courses at Sussex starting in 2017–18.
  • It has been confirmed in government statements that current EU students studying at UK universities including Sussex will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

EU students and student finance in England 

  • Existing EU students, including those who joined Sussex in 2016–17, and who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company, will continue to do so for the duration of courses they are currently enrolled on. This has been confirmed by the Student Loans Company for England.
  • Jo Johnson, government Minister of State for Universities and Science, issued this statement in June 2016: “EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances. The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan. Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the GOV.UK website, for information on what support they can receive.”

EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme

  • The European Commission has confirmed that EU law continues to apply to the full in the UK until it is no longer a member. This therefore also applies to the projects financed through the Erasmus+ programme. The UK is not expected to leave the EU until 2019.
  • The immigration status of EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU.
  • In the longer term, Universities UK is asking the government to secure continued UK participation in this valuable exchange programme post-Brexit.

UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme

  • Students from UK universities currently participating in Erasmus+, including those taking part this academic year (2016-17), will not be affected by the referendum result or the triggering of Article 50.
  • The European Commission has confirmed that EU law continues to apply to the full in the UK until it is no longer a member. This therefore also applies to the projects financed through the Erasmus+ programme. The UK is not expected to leave the EU until 2019.
  • The immigration status of UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU.
  • In the longer term, Universities UK is asking the government to secure continued UK participation in this valuable exchange programme post-Brexit.

See also our answers to frequently asked questions for current students.