A temporary exemption from application and tuition fees at institutions of higher education was previously introduced for certain British citizens to mitigate the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. The UK’s withdrawal has since been postponed until 31 October 2019, and the Government has therefore decided to extend the temporary exemption from application and tuition fees.
To alleviate the consequences if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, a temporary exemption from application and tuition fees at universities and higher education institutions was introduced in March this year for British citizens and in some cases their family members. As the withdrawal was postponed until 31 October, the temporary exemption is now being extended.
“Sweden as a leading knowledge nation benefits from having foreign students at our universities and higher education institutions, and we need to be able to retain qualified students at our seats of learning. The exemption is considered to be positive, as British students are contributing to continuing internationalisation of higher education in Sweden,” says Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research.
It is as yet unclear how the UK’s withdrawal will be and whether there might be further deadline extensions. The time-limited exemption is therefore based on the date the actual withdrawal occurs and applies for the intended period of time, regardless of when withdrawal actually takes place.
It is proposed that the legislative amendments enter into force on 1 November 2019.