EU students who have started or are due to start at a university or further education institution by 31 July 2021 have ‘home fee status’ in the UK. This means they pay the same tuition fees as students from the part of the UK where their university is located (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales). If they study in Scotland as an undergraduate, their tuition fees are paid by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). EU students who have started or will start studies in the rest of the UK as an undergraduate by 31 July 2021 can apply for a student loan from the relevant student funding body to cover any tuition fees.
If this applies to your GF, she will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’ – in other words, she will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students, and she can still apply for a student loan in England, Northern Ireland or Wales, or have her fees paid by SAAS if you are studying as an undergraduate in Scotland.
This status is guaranteed for the duration of studies.
EU students and students from the EEA-EFTA or Switzerland who start a new course in England, Scotland or Wales after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Instead, each UK university will set its own fees for EU students. Northern Ireland will announce arrangements in due course. If you’re thinking of starting a course in the UK from August 2021 onwards, you will need check with the university you are applying to for more information about fees they will charge.
If she plans to after 1 January 2021, she will need to apply for a student visa if she are studying a course which is longer than six months in length.
She will need to complete an application and have it accepted before she arrives in the UK.
She will need to pay an application fee (£348 for students) and have a current passport or other valid travel document.
Most people will be able to complete their application, including identity verification, using a smartphone app. If you can’t access the smartphone app or you don’t have a biometric passport, you may need to go to a Visa Application Centre in your country.
You will also need to pay a fee called an Immigration Health Surcharge. This gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service. Students receive a 25 per cent discount on the usual cost of this surcharge - so the rate for student visa holders is £470 per year. However, full-time students in UK higher education holding a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by an EU member state can claim a refund of the immigration health surcharge payment. More information and full criteria are on the GOV.UK information page.
She can apply for a student visa up to six months before your course starts.
I hope this answers your question. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.