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Thursday, 4 March 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Student Support Schemes

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail)
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163. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the fee arrangements that will be in place for Irish students attending Scottish universities in autumn 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12299/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Following legal advice, Scotland found it necessary to introduce fees for Irish students pursuing their higher education in Scottish universities with effect from the 2021/ 2022 academic year. This means that they will be treated as home students, in terms of paying fees at UK home rates, unlike students from the rest of the EU, who will be charged the higher international rate. Therefore, Irish students commencing their higher education studies in Scotland will be liable for fees of up to £9,250.

It is important to note that this decision does not effect those Irish students who are already registered with Scottish higher education institutions.

Following an amendment to the Student Support Act, eligible Irish students will maintain access to SUSI grants should they decide to study in UK higher education institutions. In addition, students seeking to pursue their studies in Scotland are being advised to contact the Student Awards Agency Scotland to explore their eligibility for further finance options.


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