Higher education living cost support: EU nationals' residency requirements
Download the full outcome
Government response: extending the eligibility criteria for access to higher education student living cost support for EU nationals
Ref: BIS/16/135 PDF, 312KB, 14 pages
Equality analysis: extending the eligibility criteria for access to higher education student living cost support for EU nationals
Ref: BIS/16/136 PDF, 689KB, 43 pages
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
This consultation ran from
Proposal to extend the residency requirement from 3 to 5 years, before EU nationals can receive higher education living cost support.
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.