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Scottish graduates given 'wrong' fee advice

Published: Tuesday, 10 June 2008   Category: Government policies

Scottish postgraduate students have been given incorrect advice over payment of their graduate endowment fees, government officials have admitted.

According to the BBC, some 2,457 postgraduate students who had deferred payment on the £2,289 payment were told in March that they must pay the fee before they finish their studies.

However, Scottish education secretary Fiona Hyslop has now stated that no repayments will be required until students have left education.

Claire Baker, the Labour party's higher education spokeswoman, said the government should now "do the honourable thing" by apologising for "the concern they have caused to those students, many of whom will have been studying for exams throughout this time."

Although the Scottish government decided to scrap the endowment fee last April, those students who had graduated since 2005 but continued on a further higher education course were still asked for payment.

This decision has since been found to be unlawful, providing the affected graduates will some welcome breathing financial space as they seek full-time employment.

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