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Migrants to be offered FREE degrees at top university while Britons amass huge debts

REFUGEES and asylum seekers could get a free place at one of Britain’s top universities alongside a new wave of British students struggling to cope with the burden of huge student debts.

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GETTY/GOOGLE     Bristol will offer the scholarships as part of a scheme to integrate refugees


Russell Group member Bristol University has offered scholarships and softened the application process for refugees and asylum seekers as part of a scheme to integrate those escaping conflict into education.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: “We know there are factors that make it difficult for people from refugee and asylum-seeking communities to apply to university.

“Their previous studies may have been interrupted, they might not have evidence of their previous qualifications or their qualifications are not transferable.

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GETTY     Applications for the scholarship were open to refugees or asylum seekers in Britain


It comes as many working class students are put off the idea of going to university due to the huge debts incurred – with many leaving higher education after taking on more £40,000 of debt.

For six out of 10, cost is the main thing stopping them from going to university or dropping out when they get there, according to new research from NotGoingToUni.co.uk.

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GETTY     Many working class students are put off the idea of going to university due to student debt


English universities are currently some of the most expensive in Europe, often charging £9,000 a year in tuition fees while others – including Scotland – offer the service for free.

It comes as the number of European Union students heading to British universities this summer has surged to its highest level ever as students rush to the UK after Brexit.

Brussels students will make up 11 per cent of undergraduates this autumn – a record 26,800 in total.

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GETTY     The number of European Union students heading to British universities this summer has surged


Students from countries in the bloc pay £9,000 for their course, the same as British students, but Overseas students pay £12,000.

It is believed many freshers will confirm their places in UK universities before fees increase when Britain officially cuts ties with Brussels – when EU students will be regarded as overseas applicants.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/702324/migrants-refugees-asylum-seekers-bristol-university-free-scholarship-education-tuition-fee

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