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Wales signals tuition fee changes

Huw Lewis announces major review of higher education funding and student finance in Wales.

Universities in Wales should be "supported by a robust and sustainable funding regime" and "the time now seems right to take stock and to consider the future in the light of the rapid and unpredictable change ahead", Huw Lewis, the education and skills minister in the Welsh Assembly, announced today.

Welsh undergraduates pay annual tuition fees of about £3,500 and the Welsh government pays the balance through a grant. It does this whether or not the student remains in the principality or studies elsewhere in the UK, where they are asked to pay annual tuition fees of up to £9,000. In Scotland, undergraduates receive free tuition but only if they remain in Scotland for their studies.

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