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NUS Wales says student finance shake-up 'targets help'

A grant covering Welsh students' tuition fees should be replaced with support for living costs instead, a review of university finance has said.

All students would receive £1,000 a year alongside an additional means tested grant, according to an expert panel led by Prof Sir Ian Diamond.

The average student could receive £7,000 a year in grant.

But the current £5,100 grant towards tuition fees would be replaced by loans.

NUS Wales president Fflur Elin said there would be more student debt but the review - in a difficult financial climate - had targeted help for those who need it most.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said it provided a blueprint for an affordable future for universities.