EU students guaranteed UK fees and financial support past Brexit

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has welcomed news that EU students applying to study in the UK will continue to be eligible for the same loans and study support as home students.

The Government has announced it will offer EU students the same financial support as UK students, and charging them the same tuition fees – capped at £9,250 for a further year.

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The news gives some clarity to students about how much they will pay to study in the UK after Britain formally leaves the EU.

James Gardner, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Strategic and International Partnerships at DMU, said: “It is the sheer diversity of students on our campus which makes DMU such a special place to study. We see a university’s role as fundamentally international.

“It is vital that the UK continues to send the message to EU students that they are not just welcome but valued by universities such as DMU for the cultural and educational contributions they make to university life.”

The announcement means EU students enrolling at DMU on an undergraduate or master’s course starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have access to student loans and grants available to UK students.

DMU is home to students from more than 140 countries. It works hard to instil a global outlook and appreciation for different cultures and countries in its students.

Last week, the university announced the opening of a new office in Portugal to support student recruitment across Europe. The Lisbon office is the result of a partnership between DMU and Oxford International Education Group, one of the UK’s leading education companies.

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Research by Universities UK has shown that EU students at DMU and across the East Midlands generate £143m for the region’s economy and support 1,341 jobs.

Nationally, EU students account for more than 80,000 of the 1.6 million first-time undergraduates at UK universities, including 65,000 studying in England, and nearly 50,000 postgraduates.   

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "Students from the EU make an important contribution to the universities sector and it is a testament to our system that so many students from abroad choose to come and study here.”    

Posted on Monday 2nd July 2018

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