WALES: Student fees shake-up is proposed

A report has recommended scrapping the assembly government's support for all Welsh students to pay lower fees than in England, reports BBC News. Welsh students studying in Wales pay £1,200 (US$2,077) in fees - rather than £3,000 (US$5,193) for students from other parts of the UK - at a total cost of £61 million (US$105 million) per year.

A review proposes a targeted system, linked to family income, which could operate from 2011. Students from poorer backgrounds could receive up to £6,000 a year. It also proposes helping those students with homes in Wales, whose families are on the lowest incomes.

The task and finish group, headed up by the vice chancellor of Bangor University, Professor Merfyn Jones, was established in June to carry out the review.
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