Scottish Liberal Democrats have pledged to stand up for students as they restated their "commitment" to free university education.
Society as a whole benefits when "education is offered on the principle of ability to learn", education spokesman Liam McArthur said.
UK party leader Nick Clegg recently apologised for breaking a promise to oppose any increase in university fees in England.
Speaking before the UK Lib Dem party conference in Brighton last month, the Deputy Prime Minister said he was sorry that his party broke its promise, made before the 2010 general election, to vote against increasing fees for students.
But although Mr Clegg said he was sorry, it was not for the increase in tuition fees itself. Instead, he was sorry the Lib Dems ever opposed the increase because they had not costed the policy properly.