LFA Brexit Statement
With the uncertain political climate concerning the UK’s relationship within the European Union, London Film Academy wishes to assure current and potential students of its commitment to delivering film and media education with an international focus.
Many LFA students, staff and tutors come from outside of the UK and have enriched and diversified the educational experience and stories that we tell. LFA will remain an advocate of delivering education with a global outlook. Our continued aim is to admit students from outside of the UK in full compliance with any revised UK Home Office regulations. We expect that any students from outside of the UK admitted onto our 2019/2020 cohorts will be permitted to complete their studies regardless of any change in legislation arising from the UK’s planned exit from the EU.
The latest advice from the Student Loans Company (SLC) in England in relation to EU student funding is as follows:
- EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least five years), and some other grants and allowances.
The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August (2019), EU nationals must have been residents in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.
The UK Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2019/2020 academic year will be eligible for the same funding and support as those in 2018/19. It has also been confirmed that students’ eligibility will continue throughout their course and applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For further information, please refer to the UK Government’s EU funding support page.
To keep up-to-date on how Brexit will affect Higher Education, please visit the UCEA website. You can see the latest Universities UK FAQ’s on Brexit here. For a wider explanation of how Brexit may affect the Screen Industries in the UK, the BFI information can be found here.