Upfront tuition fees scrapped
A motion to abolish upfront tuition fees, for Scottish students attending Scottish universities, has been passed in the Holyrood parliament. The Scottish Executive announced its plans for a wide ranging new funding system at the end of January this year, in response to the recommendations of the Cubie report into student finance.
Although fees will be scrapped by autumn 2000, it is expected that the proposed new system will be implemented fully by next academic year, subject to further parliamentary approval. But student leaders are already voicing their disappointment at what they see as a watering down of Cubie's main recommendations. For example, instead of a graduate con- tribution of £3075 to a planned education fund - the so called Scottish graduate endowment - once wages reach £25 000 a year, the executive has suggested a reduced payment of £2000 to be repaid once graduates receive an income of a