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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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EU students

There were an estimated 29,000 EU-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses in England in 2016-17. This was a 7.4 per cent increase on the previous year.

Key facts

7.4 per cent increase in EU entrants to UG courses, 2016-17

7.2 per cent decrease in EU applicants for 2017-18

However, UCAS data shows that the number of EU-domiciled students applying to English institutions in the 2017 cycle has decreased for the first time since 2012-13. There were 35,700 applicants by the January 2017 UCASdeadline, which is a decrease of 7.2 per cent (2,800 applicants) from the previous year.

The fall in applications has been attributed to the EU referendum result, but the number of applications is still high in comparison with previous years. It is of a similar magnitude to the number in the 2015 cycle, and is greater than in the 2011 cycle, despite that year having an increase in applications due to the impending rise in tuition fees.

Page last updated 2 March 2017