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What will happen to student finance after brexit?

As student finance rules in some ways differ depending on whether you are studying inside or outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland, brexit will affect your right to student finance. The following information is for people who are studying in the UK and for UK citizens receiving Swedish student finance for studies in Sweden or abroad.

Current rules apply as long as the UK is part of the EU

The current student finance apply until the UK has formally left the EU. Your student finance application will be processed in accordance with the current rules up until brexit. If you have already received a student finance or study allowance decision, this decision will continue to apply after brexit.

Effects depend on whether the exit is with or without a deal

It is still unsure whether there will be an exit deal between the UK and the EU. This will in turn effect the right to Swedish student finance in different ways.

If there is an exit deal between the UK and EU

There is a draft version of an exit deal between the EU and the UK available on the European Commission’s website. If this draft is adopted, those starting their studies with Swedish student finance before 31 December 2020 will receive student finance, as if UK still is a member of EU, as long as they meet the other conditions for qualifying for student finance.

If there is no deal between the UK and EU

A no-deal brexit will have a greater effect on the right to student finance. Below is information on how it will affect you.

Studying with student grants and loans in the United Kingdom

If you have already been granted student grants and loans for studies in the United Kingdom, you will most likely keep receiving it in order to complete your studies.

In certain cases, your student grants and loans may be affected after brexit. This will occur in the following situations:

  • If you are studying any language other than English at upper-secondary level. You will no longer be entitled to student aid.
  • If you apply for student grants and loans for less than 13 weeks. You will no longer be entitled to student grants and loans.
  • If you have an increased grant for studies at basic or upper-secondary level. You cannot receive the increased grant when studying outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.
  • If you have a supplementary loan. You cannot receive supplementary loans when studying outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.
  • If you have an additional loan for double housing, overnight stays during distance studies, or commuting. You cannot receive these loans when studying outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.

If you do not already receive student grants and loans and your application concerns studies in the UK after brexit, you must fulfil the conditions which apply to studies outside the EU/EEA.

Requirements that may change include

  • needing to have previously lived in Sweden
  • being able to take the corresponding studies in Sweden (only applies to upper-secondary school level studies).

It will also not be possible to

  • study part time
  • study courses and programmes shorter than 13 weeks
  • taking distance studies in the UK
  • receive student grants and loans for studying any language other than English at upper-secondary level
  • receive an increased grant for studies at basic or upper-secondary level
  • receive a supplementary loan
  • receive an additional loan for double housing and commuting.

We will provide more information about the right to student grants and loans for studies in the UK once the brexit terms are finalised.

If you are a UK citizen or foreign citizen with a family member who is a UK citizen, your right to Swedish student finance will also be affected. For more information, see the heading UK citizen or family member of UK citizen.

Studying with study allowance in the United Kingdom

If you are already receiving study allowance, you will continue to receive study allowance to complete your education.

If you do not already receive study allowance and your application concerns studies in the UK after brexit, you must fulfil the conditions which apply to studies outside the EU/EEA.

Requirements that may change include

  • that you are unable to take equivalent studies in Sweden
  • that the studies abroad have a minimum duration of three months
  • that you have previously lived in Sweden.

We will provide more information about the right to study allowance for studies in the UK once the brexit terms are finalised.

If you are a UK citizen or foreign citizen with a family member who is a UK citizen, your right to Swedish student finance will also be affected. For more information, see the heading UK citizen or family member of UK citizen.

UK citizen or family member of UK citizen

In the event of a no-deal brexit, the right to Swedish student finance for UK citizens or foreign citizens with a family member who is a UK citizen may be affected.

If you study in Sweden

  • If you are already receiving student finance, you will continue to receive student finance to complete your studies.
  • If you have not previously been approved for student finance and intend to start your studies after brexit, you must meet the conditions which apply to studies outside the EU/EEA to receive Swedish student finance.

If you study abroad

  • If you already have student finance, you may lose your right to student finance starting in the autumn of 2019 as you are no longer an EU/EEA citizen or the family member of an EU/EEA citizen.
  • If you have not previously been approved for student finance and intend to start your studies after brexit, you must meet the conditions which apply to studies outside the EU/EEA to receive Swedish student finance.

Contact CSN for more information about your situation.

If you are going to study in the UK, other conditions for student aid or student allowance are also affected. To learn more, see the headings Studying with student aid in the United Kingdom and Studying with study allowance in the United Kingdom.

Icon for updated Updated: 2019-04-16
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