On 21st January 2021, Student Finance Wales released an information notice regarding EU Exit which outlines intention for fees and funding going forward (post 20/21). As an information notice can be subject to change, we have a responsibility to wait for formal regulations to put in place before University advice can be offered with any certainty. We shall update the information here, including where you can access further specialist help, as soon as the regulations are in place. We are hopeful these will be available shortly and appreciate your patience. In the meantime please contact us with your enquiries. 

Students starting their studies in 19/20

The UK government have confirmed that all EU students who start their studies in 2019/20 will continue to be entitled to student finance for the duration of their course, regardless of any further changes following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Tuition Fee Loan

Students who are usually living within the EU (not UK) and are starting their studies in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full cost of tuition fees (subject to terms and conditions). They can do this by applying to Student Finance Wales.

FundingAmount per academic year
Tuition Fee Cost £9000
Tuition Fee Loan (Maximum) £9000

Tuition Fee Loan payments will be made directly to the University upon confirmation of your attendance each term, therefore no up-front payment is required.

NHS Wales Bursary Scheme

If you intend to study an NHS course at Swansea University and can commit to working in Wales, you should apply online via: 

If you cannot commit to working in Wales, you can apply for Tuition Fee funding through Student Finance, as above.

Graduate Entry Medicine

Year 1

Loan/Grant NameLoan/Grant Maximum AmountWho is EligibleMeans Tested?Repayable?How is it Paid?
Tuition Fee Loan Up to £5,535 Full-time EU Graduate Entry Medicine Students No Yes Direct to University
NHS GEM Fee Bursary  Not Available   N/A N/A N/A

All Graduate Entry Medicine students will need to self-fund the shortfall that the fee loan does not cover - the amount will be up to £3,465

Years 2, 3 & 4

Loan/Grant NameLoan/Grant Maximum AmountWho is EligibleMeans Tested?Repayable?How is it Paid?
Tuition Fee Loan Up to £5,535 Full-time EU Graduate Entry Medicine Students No Yes Direct to University
NHS GEM Fee Bursary  Up to £3,465 Full-time EU Graduate Entry Medicine Students No No Direct to University

If studying at Swansea University you should apply to Student Finance EU team for the Fee Loan and to the NHS Bursary Office in Wales for the Fee Bursary

Please visit the Student Finance Wales and website for more information

Maintenance Loan and Grant

Most students from a European Union country outside the UK will not be eligible for help with living costs, however if you have been in the UK for a number of years and if you meet certain strict residency conditions you may be able to be classed as a home student rather than an EU student and receive maintenance funding.

Help may also be available if you’re a migrant worker (or a relevant family member of such a worker) from an EEA country or Switzerland, or the child of a Turkish worker in the UK.

More information on eligibility to help with living costs can be found by contacting the Money@CampusLife Team, visiting and following the appropriate links for EU students or you can contact the EU team on 0141 243 3570.

If you do not meet the residency requirements to help with living costs it is important that you consider how you intend to meet all of your expenses whilst you study.


Students starting their studies in 20/21

The Welsh Government has confirmed that EU students who start their course in 20/21 will be eligible to receive Home fee status and loans and/or grants from Student Finance until they finish their course, subject to existing eligibility criteria.

Please note: Students completing an undergraduate programme and then commencing a new programme of study after 20/21 are considered as New students as they’re enrolling onto a New course. Therefore funding eligibility will be subject to the funding regimes available at the time for New students when starting a new course, regardless of whether the student started their Undergraduate course in 20/21 or prior.

For example: EU students starting an UG course either before or during the 20/21 academic year are eligible to receive loans and/or grants to complete their UG course, however if they decide to progress their studies and start a Postgraduate course or a Graduate entry level program after 20/21, they are subject to whatever funding regimes are made available at the time of starting a new course.

Students starting their studies in 21/22

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will be classified as international students. As such, EU students will no longer be eligible to pay UK fee status or have access to funding through the Student Loans Company.

At Swansea, we wish to support EU students that will be affected by this change in status with an EU Transitional Bursary. The bursary will be awarded as an automatic discount to tuition fees for EU students that join us in the academic year 2021/22 and will reduce the fees to the same level as UK tuition fees for those that are eligible. This will apply for the duration of your course.

EU students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, must have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. This does not apply to students who are Irish citizens. The application deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021, but students must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. It’s important that students are aware of this requirement before applying for student finance, otherwise they will not be eligible for funding. Students should visit the EU Settlement Scheme information guide on for more information on how to apply and see the International@CampusLife webpage for further info: EU/EEA/Swiss Students - Swansea University