Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Department of Education and Skills
Third Level Fees
216. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students from Northern Ireland wishing to enter colleges here in 2017 will be treated as EU students for fee purposes; if this status will remain for the duration of their course; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29726/17]
My Department has confirmed with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) that any eligible UK students who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year in a third level college recognised for the purposes of free fees will be able to avail of the Department's Free Fee Schemes.
Eligibility under the Free Fees Initiative Scheme is determined at date of entry to the course.
The arrangements for an intake of such students for subsequent years will be kept under review in the context of the Brexit negotiations.