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Scottish government keeps free tuition for EU students

Students from non-UK European Union countries who choose to study in a Scottish institution in 2020 will not have to pay tuition fees for the duration of their course, regardless of the outcome of Brexit, the Scottish government has confirmed.

Under EU law, students from EU countries must be charged the same fees and receive the same support as domestic students, meaning that institutions in Scotland—where tuition is free for home students—cannot charge citizens from other EU countries. The exception is for other countries within the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), who can be charged. 

The Scottish government said on 19 April that non-UK EU students will receive free tuition from the 2020-21 academic year for the duration of their studies, even though institutions would be entitled to charge fees if the UK has left the EU at that point. Ministers had already committed funding for EU students’ tuition for 2019-20, regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU this year.

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