Higher Education

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 1st February 2005.

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Photo of Mike Watson Mike Watson Independent

Question S2W-13416

To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish-domiciled students are attending universities in England and Wales in the academic year 2004-05 and what the cost to it would be of meeting their tuition fees in the same way as for those attending universities in Scotland.

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

In 2002-03, there were 6,303 Scottish-domiciled students studying for first degrees in higher education institutions in England and Wales. This is the most recent year for which data are available at present. Tuition fees in England were £1,150 per student for the year 2004-05.

It is difficult to accurately estimate the additional total cost of providing non-means tested free tuition to Scottish students studying in England. The actual cost for the individual can vary depending on the family income levels of students The possible liability for meeting the cost of providing free tuition to EU students studying in England would be a significant addition.

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