Defer fees and restore grants, says Scottish inquiry
- By: Amina Hussain
Payment of tuition fees should be deferred, and grants should be reintroduced. These are the main findings of a Scottish inquiry into student finance, chaired by Sir Andrew Cubie. The recommendations laid out in the report, published on 21 December 1999, would require a package of financial measures from the Scottish Executive to the tune of an additional £63m.
The proposals would mean that once the income of graduates reaches £25 000 per year or more, they will be expected to contribute an overall total of £3075 to a planned education fund, irrespective of their degree course. This would be index linked to inflation and would address the disparities that have emerged between the university systems in Scotland and England. At present a degree in Scotland takes four years, compared with three in England. This means that English students wanting to study in Scotland must pay an additional £1000. So