Scotland Fights Back

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Back in December British Parliament decided to change tuition rules to essentially allow universities to hike tuition (to about the level of America’s state universities).

Scotland is resisting, sort of. According to an article by Suzanne Daley in the New York Times:

When Britain decided last December to impose a steep increase in university tuition, Scotland, proud and independent as usual, flatly rejected the idea. Instead, it held firm to its long tradition of virtually free university education.

Or, at any rate, the Scottish universities will be virtually free for Scottish students; students from the rest of the United Kingdom will pay the new tuition rates.

Oddly, due to European Union law, student from other EU countries can’t pay more than Scottish students, so they’ll get the cheap tuition, too.

Scotland says that the policy was intended to ensure affordable education for its people. As Daley writes:

Scottish officials say the decision to raise rates for non-Scots was borne of necessity, not spite. Officials feared a flood of bargain-seeking English students pushing Scots out of their own universities. Admissions are blind to country of origin.

According to the article, this new policy is likely to face legal challenges from courts in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer