This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Regarding the recent announcement on the change in maintenance loans for Bulgarian and Romanian students in the UK, we would like to clarify:
The UK welcomes students from all over the world. Tuition fee loans remain unaffected. All EU students, including Bulgarian ones, are eligible to apply for them without the need for a residency test.
The announcement on student loan payments refers only to maintenance loans and payments where EU students have been residents in the UK for 3 years or more.
Because of an unexpected sharp rise in applications for maintenance loans from students from Romania and Bulgaria, these loans have been suspended as a precautionary measure whilst applicants provide further evidence of eligibility. All EU students residing in the UK will be asked to provide additional information before receiving their next payments.