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Fees and financial help

  • I'm Danish and want to study in Germany - but the university there tells me I'll need to pay tuition fees. Aren't EU nationals studying in another EU country exempt from fees?

    NO - EU law doesn't exempt you from tuition fees! What it does say is that you must be treated the same as a national from the country you want to study in. In this case, if German students have to pay tuition fees, you have to as well.

  • I'm French and would like to study in Ireland. As Irish universities don't charge tuition fees to Irish nationals, am I also entitled to an exemption?

    YES - Under EU law, all EU nationals are entitled to use a host country's education system on the same terms as its own nationals. In this case, this means that French nationals should be treated the same as Irish students as regards tuition fees.

  • My university in Scotland is charging me (I'm English) higher fees than it's charging locals from Scotland, and students from other EU countries. Isn't this a case of discrimination that the EU can help me with?

    NO - As this concerns the relationship between the United Kingdom and its own nationals, it is a purely internal situation and has no connection with European law.

  • I'm Czech and have been living in the UK since I was 12. I'd like to go to university here but can only afford it if I get a grant. Who should I ask for one - the Czech or British authorities?

    Primarily the British authorities - EU governments have to give the same support to foreign nationals (EU citizens) who are permanent residents as they do to their own nationals. Permanent residence means 5 years' continuous residence.

    So if you've been living in the UK for 5 years or more on the date your course starts, you'll be eligible for the same maintenance grant as British students.

  • I'm Polish, have just finished my undergraduate degree in Poland and now want to study for a Master's in France. Am I entitled to get a study grant from either Poland or France?

    MAYBE - EU governments aren't obliged to provide grants or loans to students from other EU countries. Likewise, they aren't obliged to support their own nationals if they choose to study abroad.

    These decisions are entirely at the discretion of the governments concerned: some countries' maintenance grants restrict their citizens' ability to study abroad.

    Contact the authorities in both countries to find out what help they're willing to give you.

  • Will I lose my maintenance grant from my government if I go abroad to study?

    POSSIBLY - Your government can choose whether to give you a maintenance grant if you go abroad to study: ask them what their rules are on that.

    However, if your government does give support, it must ensure the eligibility rules don't create an unjustified restriction on your freedom of movement.

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