Tuesday Apr 29, 201402:47 PM GMT
Poor Scots suffer under free tuition scheme: study
Students attend a graduation ceremony in the United Kingdom. (File photo
Students attend a graduation ceremony in the United Kingdom. (File photo
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:46PM
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A recent study has revealed that poorer students in Scottish households will be worse off after cuts to government grants that the middle-class have escaped.

According to the study conducetd by the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and the Economic and Social Research Council, middle-class families and students in Scotland will be about £20 million better off after the government institutes free university tuition and lack of fees, including cuts in grants.

The study conducted by former Scottish government civil servant, Lucy Hunter Blackburn, revealed that overall costs for lower-income families have increased by at least £32 million a year after the grant cuts forced them to take out larger loans.

“Free tuition in Scotland is the perfect middle-class, feel-good policy,” Hunter Blackburn said, adding, "It's superficially universal, but in fact it benefits the better-off most, and is funded by pushing the poorest students further and further into debt.

Experts say families with incomes over £31,000 will start receiving savings in education costs.

For families earning over £37,000, students save money by receiving free tuition rather than paying a one-off graduate endowment, worth £2,700 at today's prices, while facing no additional living costs.

GMA/PR

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