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Will students resident in Scotland be able to go to university in Scotland without paying fees?

Yes. The current Scottish Government remains committed to access to higher education for eligible Scots based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay. This means eligible undergraduate students attending university in an independent Scotland will not have to pay tuition fees.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Would Scotland still charge students from the rest of the UK tuition fees?

Yes. The divergence in funding policy between Scotland and England and the resulting disparity in the cost of a university education creates a huge financial incentive for students from England to study in Scotland. In that context, and to ensure Scottish students remain able to study at Scottish Higher Education Institutions, we propose maintaining the status quo by continuing our policy of allowing Scottish Higher Education Institutions to set their own annual tuition fees for students from the rest of the UK at a rate no higher than the maximum annual tuition fee rate chargeable to such students by universities in the rest of the UK.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Would charging students from the rest of the UK tuition fees in an independent Scotland be compatible with EU law?

We believe that the unique and unprecedented position of a post-independent Scotland will enable us to continue our current policy in a way which is consistent with the principles of free movement across the EU as a whole and which is compatible with EU requirements.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

We believe that the unique and unprecedented position of a post-independent Scotland will enable us to continue our current policy in a way which is consistent with the principles of free movement across the EU as a whole and which is compatible with EU r

Each member state is free to adopt its own domestic policies, consistent with the objectives of the EU. We believe that our fees policies contribute to student mobility across the wider EU, while addressing the consequences of the unique situation of Scottish independence. In these circumstances we believe that it will be possible to deliver our policy in a way which is compatible with EU requirements.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will students from parts of the EU other than the rest of the UK pay tuition fees?

Students from other parts of the EU have the same right of access to education as home students. This means EU applicants are considered for entry on the same academic basis as home students and pay the same. This will remain the case with independence.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will other international (non-EU) students be attracted to study in an independent Scotland?

Scottish Universities are amongst the best in the world and highly attractive to overseas students. In January 2013, 21 per cent of students studying in Scotland were from outwith the UK, including 28,500 international students from outwith the EU. This world beating quality will ensure an independent Scotland continues to attract the brightest and best students from around the world to study here.

Independence will allow Scotland to develop its own immigration policies addressing the negative impact of changes to student visas implemented by the current Westminster Government. This will ensure that we benefit from the skills and enthusiasm of those highly educated young people who wish to study here and make Scotland their home.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will non-EU/international students be charged tuition fees?

Charges for international students are at the discretion of each individual higher education institution and this will continue to be the case in an independent Scotland.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will the Westminster Government’s policy on visas for international students continue to apply in an independent Scotland?

Westminster Government decisions on student visas have deterred some international students, posing a direct threat to Scotland’s universities and colleges. Independence will allow Scotland to develop its own immigration system ensuring that we benefit from the skills and enthusiasm of those highly educated young people who wish to make Scotland their home.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will there still be four-year degrees in an independent Scotland?

The current Scottish Government believes the flexibility of the four-year degree and potential for progression through the currently available direct entry routes is a strength of the sector. The Government intends that an independent Scotland will continue with this and will support any moves to increase choices and flexibility for our students.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will UCAS continue to administer applications to Scottish universities in an independent Scotland?

Scotland’s universities are autonomous institutions and currently choose to provide this service through UCAS. Independence will not affect universities’ ability to make this choice.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.