How are the SNP Scottish Government supporting Higher Education?

We will keep access to university education free of tuition fees. We will not introduce front door tuition fees nor backdoor graduate taxes.

Since 2012, we have invested over £1 billion per year in Scotland’s universities.

We are implementing the recommendations of the Widening Access Commission, which was set up by the Scottish Government to develop plans to help more students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Scotland to enter and succeed in higher education.

Under the SNP, record numbers of Scots are being accepted to study at university with record numbers from our most deprived communities too.

By 2030, we want 20 per cent of students entering university to be from Scotland’s 20 per cent most deprived backgrounds. We are already making strong progress, with over 15 per cent of entrants from the 20 per cent most deprived areas in 2017/18.

We have appointed a Commissioner for Fair Access to report and advise on access. And we will guarantee a university place for every care experienced young person meeting the entry requirements and provide them with a full bursary.