British citizens to be exempt from tuition fees after Brexit
A temporary exemption from application and tuition fees at institutions of higher education will be introduced for certain British citizens to mitigate the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Within the European Economic Area (EEA), British citizens are exempt from application and tuition fees for studies at higher education institutions in Sweden. If the United Kingdom leaves the EU on 30 March without a withdrawal agreement, British citizens will become subject to the rules applying to third-country nationals. A temporary exemption from the provisions for application and tuition fees at institutions of higher education will therefore be introduced for certain British citizens to mitigate the consequences of withdrawal.
“As a leading knowledge nation, Sweden benefits from foreign students studying at higher education institutions. It is important for Sweden to be able to keep qualified students who contribute added value to Swedish higher education institutions, not least in light of the internationalisation of higher education that is happening in Sweden,” says Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research.
It is proposed that the legislative amendments adopted today should come into force on 30 March 2019. If withdrawal occurs on a later date, the provisions will be applied after withdrawal.