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Higher Education support during coronavirus

Due to the latest Government announcement, we have less people in our office. If you call and there is no reply email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Support during COVID-19

Students should ask for support about COVID-19 from their university or Higher Education provider.

If you have concerns about restrictions in place in Jersey you should contact the coronavirus helpline on 0800 735 5566.

Student Finance provide support and advice for students accessing government grants for studying Higher Education provision. If you have questions about your application for this grant, contact us on +44 (0) 1534 449450 or email the Student Finance teamMissing information, incomplete forms, and inaccurate detail will result in a delay in processing your application.

Careers support for students returning to Jersey

Skills Jersey’s Career Guidance team offer support for students returning to Jersey through free confidential and impartial careers appointments.
 

 Further career support is available:

Return to university

After the Government of Jersey's announcement regarding the reclassification of England and Scotland to Red, students and parents might be worried regarding getting students back home:
  • there is no evidence that flights will be cut during this period where there is a rise in cases, therefore, it is believed that students will be able to get home. Obviously if there are any significant problems getting home due to availability of flight or boat seats, contact us
  • if you're travelling to Jersey you need to follow the current travel guidance, including guidance on isolation when returning to Jersey
All students are strongly advised to keep in touch with their universities over the summer break to understand more fully the requirements for e-learning, travel and testing which may be subject to change at short notice.

Financial support for students with extended courses are due to coronavirus

In line with existing legislation we're able to provide financial support to students receiving maintenance grants who are mandated to complete their degree in their universities' jurisdiction. 

The student must provide evidence from the university that the course cannot be completed in Jersey. 

This support will be on a pro rata basis to the annual maintenance grant they receive and the time they are required to be at their university. 

The request for support will be reviewed by the Student Finance team.  

Email the Student Finance Team

Repayment of the maintenance grant

There will be no request for the return of the grant payment. This should be used to cover any extra costs as a result of the pandemic.

If there is a reduction in fees charged by universities

There is currently no information about any reduction in fees charged by universities or any reduction in accommodation costs. In the event of any such announcements further information and guidelines will be published. Department for Education in UK has confirmed that support for students’ wellbeing will be increased and is being developed by individual institutions. Keep in touch with your university during this time.

Claiming Income Support: students on Island rather than university

Additional financial support provided from Income Support due to Coronavirus closed at the end of the Spring term. This is subject to ongoing review in the event of any future changes to travel policies due to the pandemic.

Students choosing not to go back to university in academic year 2021 / 22

Whilst we would encourage all students maintain their study, the department understands that some students might have been severely affected by these events and might wish to remain on Island.

Articles 31 and 32 of the Education (Grants and Allowances) (Jersey) Order 2018 are relevant here and coronavirus would be classed as an extenuating circumstance. 

Therefore, the department would not claw back any grant / fees from academic year 2020/21 if a student chose not to go back for academic year 2021/22.  

If students choose to go back later, there will be no funding for repeat periods of study as per Article 7(2). 

Students trailing modules into the next academic year

If you are a student who has not been able to complete all your modules in academic year 2020/21, you will need to get confirmation from your university that you are still progressing onto your next academic year and will complete the modules over the remainder of the course.

Students at foreign universities who have not been able to travel back due to coronavirus

There is no provision under the Education (Grants and Allowances) (Jersey) Order 2018 for any support regarding this situation. For any families that find themselves in this situation and are in severe financial hardship, contact us as soon as possible.

Additionally, students must be aware of the self-isolation rules in the UK and the current need to self-isolate in a hotel if travelling from a red zone.  

Find further information of red list travel ban countries

Students at university in EU or Rest of World

Students must contact their university and specific region to see what restrictions or regulations are in place for testing, vaccinations, self-isolation, university opening dates, collection of belongings and travel.

If they believe that they need additional support they should contact Student Finance who will take the question to the relevant senior officer groups.

Collection of belongings from the university

The UK Government plan for all Covid-19 restrictions in England to be removed from 21 June 2021. It is anticipated that there should be no issues with the collection of belongings for students this summer. This means in the majority of cases, no Government of Jersey support will be made available.

If any student suffers severe financial hardship, students should contact Student Finance who will consider these on a case by case basis.

New student finance scheme

With regards to the HE review, we are seeking final CYPES ministerial approval for a general model and the previously agreed principles it was based upon. 

Once this has been received, we will go through the usual governmental process of presenting to ELT, Scrutiny, COM and then States Assembly, over the coming year. 

There will be a public consultation later this year, dates yet to be confirmed, but likely to be after the summer break. 

Health information

Jersey students following courses of further education in the UK of 6 months or more are treated as though they are resident in the UK. Students will only be subject to any NHS charges when they are routinely applied to UK residents. 

It's recommended that students register with their university health centre when they enrol so they can access a GP (often based in the health centre) and receive an NHS number. 

Find out further information on the NHS website

Coronavirus vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccinations for over-18s have started in Jersey and the hope is to get as many university students double vaccinated before they go back to university for the Autumn term. 

All students who reside in the UK no longer need to sign on with a GP in the UK or have an NHS number to be entitled to receive the vaccine in the normal vaccination rollout for that region.  Students will be entitled to receive one or two vaccinations in UK.  A link of FAQs has been included below for reference.

COVID-19 vaccination FAQs: students in Higher Education Institutions

Students will be able to mix where they receive their two vaccinations and therefore must keep hold of any related documentation from either jurisdiction. There is a current question over Covid certification and once there is further advice this area will be updated.

Current advice is that there should not be more than a 12 week gap between vaccinations for them to be fully effective. Students will need to manage this between their university town and Jersey themselves. 

Support for self-isolation accommodation

The minister has agreed to support students who are looking to come home to Jersey for the summer holidays, who have tested positive for Coronavirus and cannot self-isolate at home.

Demand will be assessed, as under the previous arrangement, and the Department will continue to assist Higher Education students through its Student Finance Service and Coronavirus helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566 or 0800 735 5566. Students should contact the Youth Enquiry Service on 0800 735 0010 for more information.


Brexit information

Home Fee Status for settled status students  

Settled status only in Jersey is recognised as an immigration status by UK authorities. It is understood that students with this status will be treated in the same way as other Jersey residents.  

Students wishing to study at an EU university  

For students who are studying or wish to study in the EU, they should contact their university who will be able to advise them of the specific visa requirements needed.  

Jersey students who study in UK will no longer be entitled to participate in the Erasmus scheme. They will be entitled to apply under the new Turing scheme that the UK will be introducing.  

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