Independence means university fee refugees

Education Secretary Mike Russell has claimed that 80% of university places in an independent Scotland will be taken up by “fee refugees” from the UK unless they can be charged for the cost of their tuition, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.

Addressing a higher education conference in Edinburgh last week, Russell said research carried out by the Scottish government had showed there would be a dramatic rise in the number of UK students crossing the border in the event of a vote in favour of independence in September.

Students from the rest of the UK are currently charged up to £9,000 a year to study in Scotland. However, should Scots back independence, universities would have to offer English, Northern Irish and Welsh students free tuition in line with that offered to other EU citizens – unless the Scottish government can mount a legal challenge.
Full report on The Scotsman site