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24 April 2019

Scottish Government Confirmation of EU Student Status 2020/21

The Scottish Government has announced its commitment to cover the cost of tuition for the duration of study for all eligible non-UK EU citizens commencing study in the academic year 2020/21. This extends their earlier commitment to students starting studies in 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20. 

EU citizens who study a Further or Higher education course in Scotland in the 2020/21 academic year will be charged the same tuition fees and will get the same fee support as Scottish students for the entirety of their courses. This will mean that the vast majority of EU students will be guaranteed free tuition.

This offer of tuition fee support will stand even if current legal obligations to EU students cease to apply when the UK exits the EU - and this announcement makes Scotland the first nation in the UK to offer this commitment.

Further and Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “Scotland is an open and welcoming country with world-leading further and higher education institutions and we value the contribution that EU nationals make to our campuses. I am pleased to be able to confirm that we will continue to fund EU citizens who want to come here to study and I would encourage anyone thinking about their education to consider coming to Scotland."

The Glasgow School of Art welcomes this announcement and the reassurance it gives potential undergraduate/Diploma in Architecture students at GSA.

The full text of the Scottish Government statement can be found here