English students forced to look further afield to escape higher tuition fees

The well-documented and lamented Higher Education tuition fees rise has forced many English students to consider undertaking their studies at Irish and Scottish institutions as this article suggests.  Tuition fees in Ireland prove to be less costly than those in England following the forthcoming tuition fees hike.

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland looks likely to see an increase in applications from English students wishing to avoid next year’s higher tuition fees.

In Ireland, UK students can secure a top-class degree which would cost zero for tuition. Under EU rules, all students from EU countries who attend EU universities are treated the same as local applicants, who in Ireland, pay nothing. So, English students who wish to attend Trinity College Dublin, potentially, foot the bill only for living costs and an annual administration charge of €2,000 (£1,723) for student services and exams.

This prospect compares favourably with the prospect of facing up to £9,000 per year on tuition fees and potentially £27,000 worth of debt for a three-year degree programme.

Meanwhile, Scottish universities are also drawing-in English students looking for a cheaper but good quality education. An estimated 22,500 English students currently study at Scottish universities and pay annual fees of £1,820 for course typically lasting four years.

With a record 583,500 students applying to university this year, with no extra places created, many of them who are hoping to beat the tuition fees hike in 2012, are more likely than ever to fail to secure a place at university even with the prospect of cheaper tuition fees offered elsewhere.


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