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Public opinion on tuition fee funding

August 28, 2014

Quick link to an interesting piece analysing data, over time and comparative with England, about attitudes to free tuition in Scotland.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/john-curtice-tuition-fee-policy-far-from-popular-1-3521000

The piece notes

support for the principle of free tuition … according to the most recent reading, taken in 2013,  stands at little more than a quarter (26 per cent) – though this represents something of a turnaround after dropping to just 20 per cent in 2010.

The most popular option over various surveys is mean-testing for fees.

It really ought not to be so hard to have a decent debate about all aspects of student funding, not least the disproportionate debt burden on the poor,  in Scotland.

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