Mr Cubie was launching the public consultation on the thorniest issue facing the Scottish Executive at the Jordanhill campus of Strathclyde University.
He said: "We will be looking at the totality of student funding and not just narrowly at the issue of tuition fees for undergraduates in full-time higher education straight from school."
Iain Ovens, principal of Dundee College and a committee member, said: "FE has a key role to play, particularly in relation to families where there is no experience of post-school education."
Sarah Chisnall, policy officer for the Association of Scottish Colleges, said. "Lots of students are part-time because they have got families to look after."
Written evidence should be submitted by September 10, and opinions can be voiced at open meetings and on the Internet.