SNP promises EU students free tuition in Scotland after Brexit

John Swinney makes pledge but says Westminster has not yet guaranteed visas for full duration of university courses

John Swinney, Scotland’s deputy first minister, has promised that EU students will still receive free tuition at Scottish universities after Brexit, at a potential cost of £300m.

Swinney matched a similar pledge from the universities minister at Westminster, Jo Johnson, who said this week that EU students arriving in autumn 2017 would be allowed to stay at English universities for the duration of their courses, and be eligible for loans and grants.

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