Students will continue to pay the same tuition fee rates for the next two academic years, the government has announced.
Education secretary, Damian Hinds, confirmed that tuition fees will not rise in the 2019/20 academic year. This means students are guaranteed not to have their fees increased for the next two academic years after the Prime Minister announced in October last year that fees would not be increased for 2018/19.
Currently, fees are capped at £9,250 per academic year, although the government has the power to raise fees by the rate of inflation for institutions that perform well.
Sam Gyimah MP, minister for higher education, announced on Twitter: “Today [2 July] we confirm:
“1. Tuition fees will be frozen for another year and will not rise with inflation.
“2. EU students will be treated as Home students in the first intake after Brexit & this status will last for the duration of their course - providing clarity and certainty.”
The confirmation from the government gives clarity to some 80,000 EU students enrolled in British universities. It clarifies that they will be treated as UK nationals and will pay local fee rates rather than the rate paid by non-EU students, which can be considerably higher.
Mr Hinds adds: “I want everyone with the talent and potential to be able to take advantage of our world class universities. We’ve already raised the amount of money graduates need to earn before starting to pay back their student loans, and freezing tuition fees for another year is another example of the steps the government is taking to support those in higher education.
“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. Today we are providing clarity and certainty on their fees for the duration of their courses.”
The government is currently conducting a review of higher education set to conclude in early 2019.