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Scottish graduates 'should pay retrospective tuition fees'
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
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Graduates in Scotland should be required to pay a retrospective tuition fee, according to a new report released yesterday (June 14th).
Reform Scotland claimed that poorer families are effectively subsidising the university careers of students from wealthier backgrounds through their taxes.
As a result, the thinktank suggested that graduates should pay a deferred fee after they rise above the country's average earnings threshold, which was £22,958 in 2007.
"At present, there are those who are academically able but financially unable to go to university but pay taxes which subsidise those who do go to university," said Geoff Mawdsley, one of the authors of the report.
"While it is true to say that society as a whole benefits from having a well educated workforce, the individual graduates themselves also benefit from the higher earnings they accrue."
The study, which is entitled 'Power to Learn', justified its argument by pointing to the sizeable public spending cuts announced recently for the education sector in response to economic turmoil.
Reform Scotland is an independent, non-party organisation, funded by individuals, charitable trusts or companies which share its philosophy and goals.