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Higher education is a devolved issue so the costs of studying and the amount of financial support available to students varies according to where a student lives and where the student is studying.

From September 2012 the higher education student support system for students in England is changing. Students will be liable to pay tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year and a new system of support in the form of a National Scholarship Programme is being introduced in addition to loans and grants. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own systems of higher education funding and student support so changes in England will not affect these regions, however the regional administrations have chosen to make alterations to their arrangements in response to the changes in England. This note sets out the differences in higher education tuition fees and student support across the regions of the UK from 2012.

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