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Cost-cutting plan gets NUS backing.

A STUDENT leader has welcomed plans to reduce the cost of higher education in Wales.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews has opted for a basic tuition fee level of pounds 4,000 after consultations with stakeholders. The figure represents a reduction from the pounds 6,000 touted by Mr Andrews in November, though the upper pounds 9,000 level will remain the same.

Katie Dalton, president of NUS Wales, said no university should be allowed to automatically double fees.

She said: "The fee plan system must demand that institutions meet ambitious widening access targets, commit to delivering comprehensive information for students and take concrete steps to secure an excellent student experience before any of them can charge above pounds 4,000 a year."

Changes to the existing tuition fees policy will take effect from September 2012.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 17, 2011
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