no topup fees for welsh students

No top-up fees for Welsh students
Lucy Ward, social affairs correspondent
Wednesday June 22, 2005
The Guardian

Students living in Wales will be exempt from top-up fees at Welsh universities - but those living in England or Scotland will still have to pay, it emerged yesterday.
A cross-party deal agreed in the Welsh assembly means English and Scottish students face paying £3,000 from 2007, while Welsh students in the same institutions would pay no more than the current flat-rate means-tested tuition fee of £1,200.

Currently about half of Welsh students study at Welsh universities.

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The decision came in spite of an independent report on higher education funding that recommended allowing Welsh universities to levy the same maximum £3,000 tuition fee as those in England.
It means English students must now pay more to study in Scotland or Wales than local students from either country.

Top-up fees of a maximum of £3,000 a year will be introduced in English universities from autumn 2006.

The assembly must now find the cash to compensate universities for their lost income. The cost of the policy is estimated to be about £34m in 2007-08, rising to £53m by 2009-10.

Assembly members will need to approve the scheme in a vote, which could come as early as today.

The deal will also see the introduction of a national bursary scheme - including incentives to study shortage subjects such as maths and engineering - and a commitment to address the funding shortfall between Welsh and English colleges, estimated to come to about £100m a year.

Plaid Cymru's leader in the assembly, Ieuan Wyn Jones, welcomed the decision: "This is very significant step forward for our students and higher education institutions.

"This agreement should encourage a higher number of Welsh students to stay in Wales and will not offer incen tives for English students to come here to avoid paying top-up fees."

The Conservative Nick Bourne said: "This is a significant victory for the will of the assembly. This demonstrates devolution in action in the strongest possible terms."

Andrew Wilson, the acting president of NUS Wales, said: "We give a cautious welcome to the deal that's been struck, but as with anything we want to see more of the detail.

"We particularly want to see something being done on the student support side.

"It goes without saying that our stance is that we wouldn't want to see top-up fees for anyone in Wales, but this is a step in the right direction."
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2. Moscow juridicial academy $4100 per year
3. Russian Law academy $3200 per year.

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