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Scotland expands loans to postgraduate research students

Students on research masters courses at Scottish institutions, including those from the European Union, will soon be eligible for financial support for the first time.

The Scottish government announced on 22 February that from the academic year 2019-20 it will provide loans of up to £10,000 to students studying for research masters degrees. This includes loans of up to £5,500 for tuition fees and up to £4,500 for living costs.

The government says that it is particularly concerned about the impact of Brexit on EU students as around 9 per cent of students studying in Scotland are from the EU, compared with 2.9 per cent in the whole of the UK. As a result, students from the EU will be able to access the tuition fee loan, however, they will not be eligible for living cost loans.

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