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For centuries the Scottish education system has fiercely maintained itself as an independent entity at all levels and has been seen by many as superior to that of England and Wales. After devolution the Scottish Parliament was granted responsibility for Scottish education and with this for administering the associated fees and benefits. The Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition scrapped tuition fees in favour of a one off graduate endowment payment, it was £2,289 when scrapped, and paid at the end of a course once a student was earning over £15,000 per year.