EU Students Will Still Get Their Loans
Both The Student Loans Company and University Minister Jo Johnson have reassured EU students who are either starting a course at a UK university this September, or are already studying at one, that they will still receive their student loan.
As well as releasing
an official statement, Mr Johnson tweeted, "Current students and this autumn's applicants will continue to receive student finance for duration of their course".
Universities are also trying to reassure EU students, including
Goldsmiths, University of London, who have promised to fix fees for EU students up to and including courses starting in 2018-2019.
UK Students Might Still Be Able to Study in the EU
Since the referendum result was announced many UK based students have been worried that it might be harder to study at European universities now.
However, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi wants to help these students and said he’s going to
propose an initiative that will allow UK students to have passports from EU countries so they can still study there.
Mr Renzi said, “In other words, if a British student decides to spend two, three, four years in a university in Europe, we study now if it's possible to give him a European passport - Italian, French or German. But for now, nothing is sure.”
EU Students Will Pay The Same Fees
EU students currently pay the same fees as UK students, but there was some concern that they may have to start paying international students fees after Brexit.
However, the government has confirmed that the current policy won’t change and EU students will pay the same fees as UK students from autumn 2017 and throughout their studies.
In addition to this, Scotland's deputy first minister, John Swinney, has promised EU students that they can still have free tuition at Scottish universities.
This was an important move in higher education, as over the past five years, EU students have made up over 5% of the undergraduate numbers in the UK, so a lot of people would have been affected had fees been raised or funding removed.
The universities minister, Jo Johnson, said:
“International students make an important contribution to our world-class universities and we want that to continue. This latest assurance that students applying to study next year will not only be eligible to apply for student funding under current terms, but will have their eligibility maintained throughout the duration of their course, will provide important stability for both universities and students.”
There’s Still Things That Need Clarifying
Even universities are asking for clarification from the government about what it means for them, not only in terms of students but also the funding they were receiving from the EU before the referendum.
According to Royal Society analysis, the UK got an estimated £7.3bn from EU research funding, so you can see where their concern is coming from. However, it turns out that universities could still receive funding from the EU if they re-joined EU research programmes as an associate member. However, they wouldn’t have as much control on how or where that research was conducted as they did before.
Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group of universities, said leaving the EU "creates significant uncertainty" for higher education.
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