EU student funding commitment for 2017/18

The Principal of Robert Gordon University, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, welcomes the Scottish Government’s funding guarantee for EU students entering the university in 2017.

Ferdinand“The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students beginning their university studies in Scotland in 2017/18 will not have to pay student fees for the duration of their course and will have access to student loan funding. I strongly welcome this commitment, as it reinforces the position of Scotland as a country that welcomes and cherishes its international and European links and friendships.

“Scotland's Education Secretary John Swinney announced the funding pledge for 2017/18 during his keynote address at the SNP conference in Glasgow last week. The announcement extends the commitment made by the Scottish Government in July that there would be no change to funding for students beginning their studies in 2016.

“This means the current funding and fees arrangements for EU students will stay in place, even if the UK leaves the Union before students finish their studies.

“If you’re coming to Scotland to study next year from anywhere in the European Union (excluding England, Wales and Northern Ireland), and satisfy eligibility requirements your fees will normally be paid for you by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

“This reinforces the commitment we have made to EU students that they will not be liable to pay tuition fees during their studies in Scotland.”


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