On February 1 2017, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favour of the government’s Brexit bill authorizing Prime Minister Theresa May to invoke Article 50. On March 29, May triggered Article 50, by signing a letter to the EU which formally starts the two-year negotiating window.
For now, it’s unlikely there will be any significant changes for students or others until March 2019 when the negotiating window draws to a close.
While much remains unclear, what could Brexit mean for students from the EU, UK and elsewhere?
Will tuition fees and financial aid change?
On 11 October, the government announced that EU students applying to commence studies at English universities in autumn 2017 will remain eligible for the same loans and grants as domestic students. The announcement states that these conditions will apply for the entirety of each student’s course, even if the UK leaves the EU during this time.
On the same day, Student Finance Wales issued a statement confirming that EU students currently in Wales, or commencing studies in the 2017/18 academic year, will likewise remain eligible for the same loans and grants. Several days later, the Scottish government confirmed that it will also maintain current conditions for EU students enrolling in 2017/18, which means no tuition fees at undergraduate level, for the full four years of study. And on 24 March 2017, Deputy First Minister of Scotland John Swinney announced the same is guaranteed for EU students commencing their course in the 2018/19 academic year.
On 1 December 2016, the government announced that EU nationals commencing studies in the 2017/18 academic year will also remain eligible for Research Council studentships. This will apply for the full duration of their course, regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU during this time.
In short: for EU students commencing studies in the 2017/18 academic year, fees and financial aid will remain the same as before the Brexit vote, regardless of when the UK actually leaves the union. Aside from Scotland, the same guarantee is not currently in place for the 2018/19 academic year.
In the longer term, it seems likely that EU students will have to pay the higher fee rates that currently apply to those from outside of the EU. However, those looking on the brighter side have pointed out that the pound’s fall in value, if sustained, will continue to make studying in the UK more affordable for all international students.
note: this is an article taken from topuniversities