Consultation outcome

Higher education living cost support: EU nationals' residency requirements

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We have decided to increase the residency requirement for EU nationals before they can receive higher education living cost support. EU nationals that start their courses in the 2016 to 2017 academic year onwards will need to show 5 years’ residency in the UK.

Detail of feedback received

We received 14 responses from:

  • higher education representative bodies
  • higher education institutions
  • individuals

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

Proposal to extend the residency requirement from 3 to 5 years, before EU nationals can receive higher education living cost support.

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Consultation description

We want to know your views on a proposal to extend the current residency requirement for EU nationals in England from 3 years to 5 years, before they can receive higher education living cost support.

We want to continue to attract EU students to our higher education institutions, as overseas students bring substantial benefits to the UK. We propose to extend the residency requirement for EU nationals. This will bring England in line with the majority of the other EU countries that offer support, and reduce pressure on the student funding budget.