Scrap the cap: Towards ‘no win, no fee’ higher education
Reform Scotland calls for graduates to pay deferred fees on ‘no win, no fee’ basis
Reform Scotland, a public policy institute which works to promote increased economic prosperity, opportunity for all, and more effective public services, has today released a briefing paper on university education – Scrap The Cap: Towards ‘no win, no fee’ higher education.
In the briefing, the think tank argues that the current university funding structure – whereby the Scottish Government sets the amount of funding it will provide to Scottish universities each year to cover “free” tuition for Scottish domicile students – leads to an artificial cap on the number of Scottish students able to attend university.
Since 2006 this has led to an 84% increase in the number of Scottish-domiciled applicants refused entry to a Scottish university.
In the paper, which can be read below, Reform Scotland calls for graduates, who are highly likely to out-earn non-graduates throughout their working lives, to pay the government back for a proportion of their university fees when they earn enough money to do so.
The think-tank proposes a system which will require repayment by those who can afford to, whereas those whose financial benefit from going to university is small will repay little or nothing. The Scottish Government could also look to introduce schemes that cut or scrap repayments for graduates who remain in Scotland working in certain sectors for set periods of time