Written by Alyssa Walker

With Scotland's excellent universities and low tuition costs, many Scottish students opt to study at home.

A recent report from the UK's Sutton Trust shows that Scots don't travel as much their counterparts in other parts of the UK.

The reason? The relatively low cost of education in Scotland--and the choice among top-notch universities. 

Some see the trend as disconcerting and state that students may benefit from living and studying in another part of the UK. 

In an article in The Herald Scotland, Mary Senior, a Scottish official for the UCU lecturers' union said, "By studying, meeting new people and sharing new ideas they become the rounded, critical thinkers society and the economy needs. Moving away from home and studying in another part of the UK has traditionally been a positive life experience for many people."

Those who stay in Scotland, however, are glad to be there.

Sutton Trust's report stated, "Commuting long distances from Scotland is highly unlikely, particularly given the financial advantages of staying in their home country for Scottish students."

Others cite the positive: more lower-income Scottish students choose to study at Scotland's universities because they can.

In the Herald Scotland article, a Universities Scotland spokesman said, "Staying close to home for study will be the right choice for many and is a necessity for those with children or other caring responsibilities."

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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