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Responding to the announcement by the Mike Russell, Scotland’s Education Secretary of a new Student Support Package, Clydesdale’s MSP, Aileen Campbell said:

"This is tremendous news for students in Clydesdale and across the nation.

"Our students will benefit from the best funding package available in the UK with enhanced support and free tuition.

"Scotland is the only country in the UK with free higher education. It is the only country to see an increase in the number of young people applying for courses as well as the highest number of students ever accepted into our universities on Higher results day.

On top of current benefits such as free tuition, the new package, to be introduced in 2013 includes:

An annual minimum income of ?7,250, through a combination of bursaries and loans, for students with a family income of less than ?17,000.

All students, irrespective of circumstances, will be eligible for a student loan of ?4,500 a year - as requested by NUS Scotland who want to see more cash in student pockets.

Part-time students with a personal income of less than ?25,000 will now receive full support for tuition fees as a proportion of the full-time fee equivalent.

Aileen, a graduate of Glasgow University herself, concluded:

"I know that studying at university costs money and that this can put some people off applying. This enhanced support will ensure that all those with potential can go to university and achieve their goals, in turn playing a key role in improving our economy in years to come.

"This is a clear vindication of the Scottish Government’s policy for university education".

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