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Delimma for international students in London

I wish to highlight a concerning disparity regarding tuition and financial aid. International students like myself face tuition fees three times higher than our UK counterparts, yet, overwhelmingly, financial support seems reserved for them. This imbalance raises questions about equity and the support framework for students facing significant financial challenges from abroad.
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Original post by jianyiXu
I wish to highlight a concerning disparity regarding tuition and financial aid. International students like myself face tuition fees three times higher than our UK counterparts, yet, overwhelmingly, financial support seems reserved for them. This imbalance raises questions about equity and the support framework for students facing significant financial challenges from abroad.

It has always been my assumption that as the education that international students obtain in the UK will be primarily be of benefit to their home ountry (and not the UK) once their studies finish and they return home, that it would be incumbent upon their home country to provide financial support.

The UK government helps UK students finance their studies because that helps the UK generally. Helping finance international students is likely to be of little net benefit to the UK. So what's the incentive to do so?
As someone working in admissions, I’m always surprised at the number of international students who spend time and money obtaining offers of study, but have no plans how to fund their studies beyond hoping the uni gives them a full scholarship. It’s wild.

As above, the vast majority of funding comes from the country that is likely to receive the most benefit.

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