Scottish Universities Raise Tuition for English Students

September 6, 2011

Scotland's government is strongly committed to effectively providing tuition-free education for students from Scotland. But with the British government withdrawing funds for universities, in theory to be replaced in part by tuition revenue, some universities in Scotland are adopting tuition (of up to £9,000 pounds, or about $14,500) for English students, and those from elsewhere in the United Kingdom outside of Scotland. Under European Union rules, the Scottish universities can't charge students from other EU nations more than they charge those from Scotland, so French or German students would pay much less than English students to enroll in Scotland. Some British legal experts are planning challenges to this evolving tuition policy, The International Herald Tribune reported. But on Monday, the University of Edinburgh became the latest university to embrace it, The U.K. Press Association reported. The university has said that it has generous financial aid to enable low-income students from throughout Britain to enroll.

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