THE tuition fee deal for Welsh students that has left commentators in England green with envy will be funded by cutting the general level of grant to universities in Wales, it has been confirmed.As Cardiff Blogger points out here, if you are from anywhere else in the EU (apart from the UK) you, along with Welsh students, will be subsidised to study at Welsh universities. A nationalist explanation for that fact posted in his comments stated:
But the Assembly Government said the reduction would be offset by increasing fees to students from England studying at Welsh universities.
It would be nice if higher education was free to everyone… but when money is tight, I doubt that middle class teenagers from the leafy counties of England should be at the front of the queue.Dear, oh dear.
Continuing with the somewhat more "sanitised" line:
A spokesman for the Assembly Government said: “We will pay for tuition fee grants or a waiver by top-slicing the Higher Education Funding Council teaching grant by around 35% by 2016-17.The devolutionist would argue that Wales, N.Ireland and Scotland are given their own budget to spend as they wish. That then makes officially sanctioned discrimination based on
“Additional income will also be available to Welsh (universities) via students from England paying the higher tuition fees to institutions in Wales.