Higher University Fees For EU Students Criticised

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The plans of the government to make the students from the European Union pay higher tuition fees at the English universities as when I have been criticised in the run-up to the European Parliament elections.

Firstly, the plan of the Department for Education reported by BuzzFeed. It would end so-called home fee status and financial support that the European Union students currently receive for courses starting in 2021-2022.

It would mean that the new students of the European Union would face markedly higher prices for English university education, bringing them in line with those paid by international students from outside the bloc. Under current rules, EU s who are students pay the same amount as British students at English universities.

Angela Rayner, a Labour MP and a shadow education secretary, stated: “Time and time again this government has refused to recognise the vital contributions made by international students, particularly from the EU, in our universities.”

She stated: “From including students in their migration target to leaving the future of Erasmus and Horizon 2020 in doubt, they are failing to support our world-leading universities.”

Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat education spokesperson, stated: “This shambolic Conservative government, not content with putting off EU nurses applying to work in the NHS, now want to undermine world-leading universities.”

A spokesperson from the  Department for Education stated: “The government will provide sufficient notice for prospective EU students on fee arrangements ahead of the 2020-2021 academic year and subsequent years in the future.”

The spokesperson added: “Students from the EU make an important contribution to the universities sector and it is a testament to our system that so many students from abroad choose to come and study here,”

The political party of The Independent Group, Change UK, said that the move would damage the economy of the United Kingdom by putting off EU nationals from moving to Britain.

The education spokesperson of Change UK, Ann Coffey, stated: “International students make a hugely positive contribution to Britain. As well as enriching our universities with their ideas and experiences, international students provide a net contribution of £20bn a year.”

He added: “Students from the EU make an important contribution to the universities sector and it is a testament to our system that so many students from abroad choose to come and study here,” the spokesperson said.