In general EU students should have the same rights when they move to another EU country. Therefore EU citizens are automatically entitled to study in other EU member states: they should not be paying higher tuition fees and they should be able to receive a residence permit (in order to obtain financial sustain as any other national student). The same works generally for EEA and Swiss students too, although some conditions regarding public student loans and residence permit might differ for them.
For non-EU students this works differently. European High Education welcomes non-EU students in Europe: although they are required to pay for tuition fees (on behalf of Norway and Finland), almost everywhere they can apply for scholarships or funding. Did you know that in Europe there are in total 16 billion euros worth of Scholarship available every year?
The European Union is going to invest more money in education. Recently, the European Commission has presented its multi-annual financial framework (2014-2020) that proposes 70% funds increases for training and education: 17 billion euros that will be supporting transnational learning mobility; cooperation between institutions; modernisation of education and implementation of education policies in the Member States.
European Commission and Member States of the European Union with the aim of facilitating and improving the understanding of the different educational systems in Europe
University of Manchester