THE Scottish Government has been urged to act after universities face fines as a result of a loophole allowing students from Northern Ireland to dodge tuition fees.
Students from there were expected to pay up to £9000 a year to attend Scottish universities. However, if they take up their right to dual citizenship with the Irish Republic, they can apply as EU students and have their fees paid. This has an impact on universities because they can recruit as many fee-paying students as they like – but numbers of publicly-funded students are tightly controlled.
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