University Of Leicester Freezes Brexit Student Fees
The University of Leicester has announced that it will be freezing tuition fees for EU students after Brexit.
The University of Leicester has announced that EU, EEA, and Swiss student nationals will be exempted from paying increased tuition fees expected to be introduced under new UK Government Brexit rules.
Currently, EU, EEA and Swiss students pay the same fees as UK residents, while non-EU students pay higher international fees.
Leicester will become on the first universities which is one of the first in the UK to freeze fees and take on the additional cost next year.
EU students may pay 50% more at UK institutions
Under UK government plans, EU students may pay 50 percent more than their British counterparts. For example, Leicester says tuition costs for BEng Aerospace Engineering will increase from £9,250 to £21,515, and from £9,250 to £17,450 for BA Business and Management studies.
Confirming the development, Michelle Donelan, Minister of State for Universities, said: “Following our decision to leave the EU, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the academic year 2021/22.”
University of Leicester Brexit fees freeze welcomed
Andreas Kakouris, Cyprus High Commissioner, who has worked with the University of Leicester for more than 20 years, said: “The decision of the University to grant home fee status to all European nationals is highly appreciated by my Government but, importantly, by the impacted students themselves.”
Andrea Alvarez Lamas a third-year Criminology student, age 20, from Spain, said: “I am so lucky I came to the university before Brexit because I would have never been able to afford the higher fees.
“I think it is so sad that so many EU students will not be able to live the amazing university experience in the UK because of the Government’s plans to increase EU students’ fees.”
Currently, 450,000 students from the overseas study at UK universities each year, with one-third from EU countries.
Emaido Affia is a Nigeria-based reporter for Global Education Times who covers stories from North America, MENA and Africa for the publication. Emaido is an experienced journalist and is also a lifestyle blogger in her free-time.