SNP defends charging rest of UK tuition fees to study in Scotland

By Tim Pauling

Published: 13/12/2013

Proposals for an independent Scotland to charge students from the rest of the UK tuition fees but not those from other EU countries have been defended by Nicola Sturgeon.

The deputy first minister said it had nothing to do with nationality, but the close proximity of the countries and high tuition fees in England.

Scottish students risked being crowded out of courses if universities did not charge tuition fees to students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, she said.

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