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Graduates told to pay fees

Published: Wednesday, 28 November 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Graduates in Scotland have been left in shock this week as they received letters asking them to pay a £2,000 graduate endowment fee, which the Scottish National Party had previously promised to scrap.

The letters, which were sent by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), say that until the bill abolishing the fees is passed in Scottish Parliament, recent graduates will still have to pay them.

Gordon Aikman, vice president of welfare at Edinburgh University Students' Association, told the Student newspaper: "I received the letter myself and it will undoubtedly cause much distress to students. While SAAS have a legal obligation to notify graduates that they are liable until the Scottish Government officially scraps the endowment fee, this letter will simply cause further confusion."

A spokesperson for the Scottish government responded to the criticism saying the letter made it clear that graduates did not have to pay the fee now and that it was just "updating" them on the situation.

Meanwhile, law firms in London have put up £750,000 to try and convince students from different backgrounds and universities to choose graduate law jobs, according to legalweek.com.

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