Irish students in the UK should not be affected by a no-deal Brexit in terms of their qualifications and fees in the short term. As it stands, the UK is expected to leave the EU on 31 October this year. If the UK leaves without a deal, Irish students in the UK will still pay the same fees until 2021, and those who are eligible for a SUSI grant will continue to receive one.
In May this year a high level Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by An Tánaiste Simon Coveney and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which detailed core principles associated with the Common Travel Area. In terms of education, it stated that the Common Travel Area affords “Irish and British citizens the right to access all levels of education and training and associated student support, in each other’s state, on terms no less favourable than those of the citizens of that state”.