A Degree of fairness: fixing Scotland’s university funding crisis
Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, says today that all graduates should in future be expected to contribute to the cost of their university education.
At present, only students from outside the EU and from England, Wales and Northern Ireland pay for tuition. Scottish students and those from EU member states pay nothing.
The think tank argues that the Coronavirus crisis has both exposed and exacerbated major financial turmoil in the university sector, and that a restructuring of the way universities generate income is required.
In today’s paper – A Degree of Fairness: Fixing Scotland’s University Funding Crisis – Reform Scotland’s Director Chris Deerin says that:
- it is fair for graduates to pay back a part of their tuition once they are earning the average Scottish salary
- from the next academic year, EU students should no longer receive ‘free’ tuition
- this should remove the current cap on Scottish students, which means some are refused entry to a degree despite being qualified