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Student fee refugees go north.

Hundred of student "fee refugees" from the North-East are heading to universities in Scotland - even though top-up fees will not be introduced for more than two years.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (Ucas) says applications from English students to Scottish universities have jumped 12pc since the vote to introduce top-up fees in England.

About 2,000 more English students have applied to Scottish universities than this time last year, with many believed to be from the North-East because it is the neighbouring region.

Headteachers here have reported more applications to Scottish universities, even though the extra year at college north of the border nullifies any saving from avoiding top-up fees.

After top-up fees, students could save pounds 5,000 by going to Scotland, but that would be swallowed up by living costs during a Scottish four-year degree rather than three in England.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 17, 2004
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