Brexit: students fear for the future of education

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WITH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May calling for a general election on the 8th of June, there’s still a light of hope for those who voted against Brexit, if the winning parties call for a second referendum.

It is known Brexit will affect students, either from EU, UK or elsewhere. But what will exactly happen and what are the students’ biggest concerns?

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Prime Minister Theresa May

“I think the biggest issue European students fear the most is the price of the tuition fees” Daniel Stance, a 19-year-old student says “It’s not easy to pay £11.000 per year. EU gave students the opportunity to pay less to have a good education. Where’s that going now?”

EU students are guaranteed the same loans as domestic students for the next year, valid for the rest of the course. After that, it is expected European students who start in 2019/2020 to pay higher fee rates, which applies to the same loans and grants International Students currently pay.

Besides the higher payment of the fees and because of the immigration controls that will come with Brexit, EU students will be expected to have a student VISA and a specified one if they intend to work in the UK.

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London, United Kingdom

British students are worried about their opportunities in terms of study – now that they probably won’t be eligible for the Erasmus exchange program -, travel and work in Europe.

“We live in a free and globalised world, full of opportunities” Chloe Tavender, a 21-year-old student, says “The jobs’ market is so much bigger than just our country… The Government is just making it more difficult for us.”

It is also expected British Universities to stop receiving 15% extra money in funding from EU, with our university earning 91.35% of competitive grant research income, according to Times Higher Education.