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Can a UK citizen avail of free fees and get grant in Ireland?

  • 01-07-2021 1:13pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 515 ✭✭✭ Morby


    If a citizen from the UK (England) was to move to Ireland and further their education over here, can they avail of free fees and the student grant system over here or how does it work?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,355 ✭✭✭✭ ted1


    Yes on the fees.:

    Brexit

    Memo of Understanding (MoU) on the Common Travel Area (CTA) was signed between the Government of Ireland and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2019. The MoU acknowledged the importance of education noting that “the CTA affords Irish and British citizens the right of access to all levels of education and training, and associated student support in each other’s State on terms no less favourable than those for citizens of that State”.

    In terms of higher education, this means that notwithstanding Brexit, UK students will still be eligible for the same fee structures as Irish Students.

    Currently Enrolled Students with UK Nationality
    No change

    Prospective Students with UK Nationality

    UK citizens wishing to enrol in Irish Higher Education Institute will remain eligible on the same basis as Irish students, as per the CTA.



    For the Free Fees Initiative, once students meet all other criteria as set out in the Free Fees Initiative:

    Students with UK nationality will continue to be eligible under the nationality criteria of the free fees scheme
    UK residency will continue to contribute towards fulfilling the ordinarily resident criteria of the scheme.


    For the most up-to-date information on this topic, please visit the Government of Ireland’s website at: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/869e17-studying/


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,995 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    My reading of the rules is that the answer is no:

    https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/education/third_level_education/fees_and_supports_for_third_level_education/fees.html#l00630

    Officially you have to be EU/Swiss/Norwegian/Icelandic citizen or resident in those places for 3 out of the last 5 years. I know there's a MoU but nothing about that seems to have been implemented officially.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,355 ✭✭✭✭ ted1


    cgcsb wrote: »
    My reading of the rules is that the answer is no:

    https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/education/third_level_education/fees_and_supports_for_third_level_education/fees.html#l00630

    Officially you have to be EU/Swiss/Norwegian/Icelandic citizen or resident in those places for 3 out of the last 5 years. I know there's a MoU but nothing about that seems to have been implemented officially.

    Looks like some poor deletion on point 1….


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