Student rates

Non-EU student fees 17% of total UK university income

The findings were reiterated in the Student Migration to the UK Reportpublished by The Migration Observatory of the University of Oxford.

The document confirmed that the unprecedented student migration to the UK in 2021 followed the rebound after the “substantial reduction” in the number of international students following the pandemic.

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The Migration Observatory said the 244,000 visas issued in the third quarter of 2021 – more than any other quarter since 2005, when the latest Home Office datasets began to be recorded – could be due to the 2020/21 cohort of students delaying their student visa applications due to the pandemic when distance learning was introduced.

According to research by QS in 2021, the UK was seen as a ‘much more attractive’ and ‘welcoming’ destination by prospective students, while agents also more recently suggested they would place ‘much more’ of students in the UK than they have during the pandemic.

The new research also noted that applications from EU students fell by around 50% from 2020 to 2022, which the independent migration data analyst said was due to the need to apply for visas, higher tuition fees for international students, and the inability to access government-subsidized programs. Brexit loans.

In 2021, UCAS reported a 56% drop in the number of applicants accepted from EU countries, with the number falling from 22,430 in 2020 to 9,820 in 2021. Experts have suggested that Ireland, the EU countries – Netherlands and Germany are countries that EU students prefer to the UK.

The payment of tuition fees for non-EU students “contributes to a relatively large share of the total annual income of UK universities”, the analysis adds. Accounting for 16% of all UK higher education students in 2020/21, non-EU students contributed 17% of the total annual income of UK universities.

“In contrast, tuition fees for UK-domiciled students, who make up 78% of all UK higher education students, contributed 31% of the total annual income of UK universities, while UK students EU, which represented 6% of total students, contributed. 3%,” he noted, citing statistics from HESA.

In the 2000/2001 academic year, income from tuition fees for non-EU students accounted for only 5% of total higher education income in the UK.

It also found that the majority of non-EU students leave the UK after their studies, stating that at least 98% of non-EU students “departed on time for those whose visas expired during the semester year”. ending in March 2020”.

For the “small number” of students remaining in the UK five years after arriving in the country and wishing to settle, they tend to take 10 years to do so, he added.