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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-36214
Asked by: David Torrance, Kirkcaldy, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 11 March 2021


To ask the Scottish Government how many students from Scotland have received free university tuition since 2007-08.

Current status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 23 March 2021


Analysis of data from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) shows that almost 600,000 higher education students have benefited from free tuition between 2007-08 and 2019-20.

Information on the number of students benefitting from free tuition each year can be found in the annual SAAS statistics publication – Higher Education Student Support in Scotland. A link to the relevant section of the SAAS website can be found here: National Statistics Publications (