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Scotland to End Free University Tuition for EU Students

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Free university tuition for European Union students studying in Scotland is due to end from next year.

The Scottish government said that following the Brexit vote, continuing with this policy would significantly increase a risk of any legal challenge.

Under EU law, the free tuition policy for students based in Scotland meant that EU citizens who came to study needed to be treated the same.

After the Brexit vote, ministers said the policy would continue, however, the Brexit transition period is due to end in December and therefore the scheme must come to an end.

Students from the EU who have already started their studies or those that will be this autumn, will not be affected and will still benefit from tuition-free studies for the entirety of their course.

On a positive note, Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said the money which currently pays for EU student fees will be kept in the higher education sector and should lead to an increase in the number of students from Scotland getting a place at university.

The minister said on the topic: "That is the stark reality of Brexit and a painful reminder that our country's decisions are affected by UK policies that we do not support and did not vote for."