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Loans and grants still available for students in England starting 2017

Cypriot students, as with their EU counterparts, applying for English university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support, the British Department of Education announced on Tuesday.

According to a statement, EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017-2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants, and will be for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the EU during this period.

The announcement ended growing uncertainty among Cypriot youth wishing to study in the UK following the Brexit vote earlier this year.

“We know that the result of the referendum brought with it some uncertainties for our higher education sector,” Universities minister Jo Johnson said.

“Today’s confirmation will mean that for EU nationals, or their family members, who are applying for a place at university from August 2017 to study a course that attracts student support, the current funding rules will remain unchanged.”

All applicants will be eligible for student loans and/or grants under the current terms and will be able to receive those for the duration of their course, he added.

Senior education advisor at Global Education Services Chris Sofroniou welcomed the positive news.

“The announcement is particularly important as it affords students certainty on their future and removes all doubt they may have had regarding their studies in the UK,” Sofroniou said.

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