Universities Scotland comments on extension of free tuition for EU students

The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students beginning courses in 2020/21 will continue to be entitled to free university tuition. Students from EU countries will be guaranteed the same fee support as Scottish students, even if current legal obligations to EU students cease to apply when the UK leaves the EU.

The announcement follows a previous commitment by the Scottish Government to continue funding tuition for EU students whose courses begin in September 2019.

Responding to the news, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland and Principal of Edinburgh Napier University said:

“It is really positive that the Scottish Government has made this commitment now as it provides much-needed certainty for potential students and for institutions. Brexit uncertainty continues to loom large over universities so the fact that the Scottish Government has acted decisively in the midst of that speaks volumes about Scotland’s values and our desire to remain open and welcoming to the rest of the world.”

Read the Scottish Government’s full announcement on their website.