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Colleges hit drop-outs with ‘appalling’ charges

HE students who quit courses face fees, despite government pledge of free tuition

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Student representatives have hit out at colleges for “unfairly” charging students who drop out of their courses – despite the Scottish government making a commitment to free higher education.

The criticism comes as an exclusive Tes Scotland survey reveals that a number of colleges have charged higher education students who withdrew before 1 December – the deadline students needed to reach for the college to receive funding for their tuition from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

While some have a policy of charging for the proportion of the course a student has completed, others ...

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