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Posted Feb. 1, 2021

Tuition fees post-Brexit for European students

EU studentsAs a result of Brexit, European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss students are going to lose their Home fee status for studying a postgraduate program in the UK from autumn of 2021 onwards.

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But what does this actually mean for European students planning to study their masters program or PhD at a UK university? In short, from 1st August 2021 onwards, all EU/EEA and Swiss nationals – with the exception of students from Ireland and those already living in the UK and registered with the EU Settlement Scheme – will no longer have the benefit of being treated like Home students when it comes to postgraduate (or undergraduate) tuition fees, instead these benefits will only apply to UK students. Those students from all other European countries will be classed as International students when it comes to tuition fees. This could result in EU, EEA and Swiss students paying twice as much for their postgraduate tuition fees as they previously were, if not more.

It is important to note that as this big change in European students’ tuition fees status only comes into effect on 1st August 2021, and EU students able to start their postgraduate program before this date will still benefit from Home fees at UK universities. Therefore it is worth considering postgraduate programs with February or spring 2021 start dates, or indeed anytime before 31st July 2021, so maybe you should accelerate your PG study plans!

However if you’re not going to be ready to start your studies until autumn 2021 don’t panic. It is thought that many UK universities will put funding and scholarships in place to provide EU students with tuition fee discounts and funding towards their postgraduate programs. For example, the Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU) entitles eligible applicants from the European Union with a £5,000 discount from their postgraduate program tuition fees. If you are a European student hoping to study your postgraduate program at a UK university it is well worth doing some research to see what funding UK universities are offering EU students for the academic year 2021/22.

It is also the possible that UK universities will reduce their international tuition fees to make their postgraduate courses more accessible to European students once again. Nothing has been announced yet but if you are an EU student it is worth visiting the fees and funding pages of the UK universities that you are interested in to see what the situation is.

And don’t forget that once you have been accepted on your postgraduate program you are eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500.

Finally, please note that these new restrictions do not affect EU/EEA and Swiss students who are already studying their postgraduate program in the UK . These students are entitled to Home tuition fees for the duration of their course.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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