(Universitiesuk) – Universities UK has responded to the announcement from the Department of Education that EU students starting courses next year (2019-20) in England will remain eligible to receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses.
Education Secretary for England Damian Hinds confirmed also that the maximum tuition fees that universities in England will be able to charge will be frozen for the second year running.
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “This announcement on fees and financial support provides much needed clarity for EU students and for universities.”
“Students from EU countries can now apply for places on undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2019 with the confidence that they will not have to pay up-front tuition fees and will remain eligible to receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses. This announcement means that EU students commencing courses in autumn 2019 will continue to pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the full duration of their courses.”
“EU students make an important contribution to our universities, enriching our campuses culturally and academically.”
“Another year of freezing tuition fee levels for English students will put additional pressures on university finances. Universities continue to work hard to seek efficiencies and deliver value for money for students.”