Irish students in UK & NI could see university fees triple post Brexit – Hayes
Points for Irish medical courses set to rise
Brian Hayes MEP, has warned that university fees for Irish students in the UK and Northern Ireland could triple after Brexit following the UK’s referendum result. If students who planned to study medicine in the UK remain in Ireland the points for clinical courses will rise. MEP Hayes highlighted this issue now as the UCAS application system requires students to apply 12 months in advance of starting their course. The Fine Gael MEP for Dublin has asked for this issue to be included in the government’s negotiations with the EU and the UK.
“Over 2,000 students from Ireland study in the UK and Northern Ireland. This has fallen from 5,000 in 2012 and could fall further. While Irish students in Scotland do not pay fees, in the rest of the UK and Northern Ireland fees can cost Irish students between £3,500-£9,000. That could all change following Friday’s vote.
“With the UK set to leave the EU, Irish students could face the full economic cost of university fees after Brexit, which has traditionally been triple, starting at £10,000 and rising to £30,000 for clinical courses. Irish students studying in free-fee Scotland could see university fees re-introduced. Non-EU students face dramatically higher costs in the UK as it stands. The full economic cost of tuition and maintaining some of the oldest universities in the world could result in a 3 year degree costing £30,000 at a minimum.
“While nothing will change for those in the system immediately, this is an important issue which must be recognised now. Despite the UK’s EU exit being 2 years away at the earliest, the UCAS system requires students to apply 12 months in advance. This is significantly earlier than our CAO system.
“A number of Irish students applying to UK and NI universities seek courses in medical and paramedical fields like radiography, nursing, dentistry and also veterinary. With the clinical course costing in excess of £100,000 applicants will remain in Ireland and CAO points will rise. The prospect of EU students choosing to study in Ireland if the UK is closed off to them as an option could also impact points.
“This is more than a matter of costs. Access to the leading universities in the world like Queens, Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews and Aberystwyth would be cut off to all but the super wealthy. As Ireland depends so heavily on the knowledge and innovation economy, this is unacceptable in my view. That’s why I’m asking the government to include this issue in their negotiations with the EU and the UK.