The Guardian is reporting that european students applying to universities in England next year – after Britain’s formal exit from the EU – will be eligible for student loans and tuition fees at the same rate as domestic students, the government has announced.
Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said undergraduates from EU countries attending English universities from September 2019 will incur the same annual tuition fees as their English peers and have access to the same government-backed student loans for the duration of their degree course.
“Students from the EU make an important contribution to the universities sector and it is a testament to our system that so many students from abroad choose to come and study here,” Hinds said. “Today we are providing clarity and certainty on their fees for the duration of their courses.”
Hinds also announced that the maximum domestic tuition fee will be frozen at £9,250 for a further year in 2019-20, a move that had been expected following the government’s creation of an independent panel to look at the funding of tertiary education.Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute and a former special adviser to the government on higher education, said the decision to allow EU applicants to continue as home students for a further year made sense.
“It’s a pity that it comes five months after the Scottish government set their arrangements but at least there is now some certainty,” he said.
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