NI Students In ROI Will Receive Tuition Fees Post-Brexit

The Irish Government has confirmed it is to continue supporting students from Northern Ireland who wish to study in the Republic after Brexit.

It follows the concern of many pupils who worried they will be treated as non-EU students if they opted to study in Ireland after Brexit in March.

Such an eventuality would mean they would have to pay much higher fees, but Ireland's Minister for Education Joe McHugh has clarified the government's position on the matter, saying that they will continue to support prospective higher education students planning to study in the UK, and those from the UK who plan to attend an Irish university.

Free fees and student grant schemes will be made available to UK students for their degree programmes in Ireland, and eligible Irish and EU nationals who wish to study in the UK can avail of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) funding.
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Effectively, the student grant and tuition fee arrangements currently in place will continue to apply for those entering the sector in the 2019/20 academic year.

Mr McHugh said: "I am pleased to be able to announce this decision at this time. It provides certainty for prospective students applying before the CAO closing date of 01 February.

"I continue to work closely with my colleague Simon Coveney T.D., An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, to bring longer term clarity for both Irish students wishing to study in the UK and UK nationals wishing to take up studies in Ireland. It is vital that both Ireland and the UK continue to build on the strong and valuable co-operation which currently exists."

Ireland's Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D. added that she was "delighted to provide certainty for prospective students".


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