£2,000 rise in university tuition fees ‘would not deter students’

UK“Raising tuition fees from £3,000 to £5,000 a year would not put students off higher education, a report for university vice-chancellors predicts today. Giving the nod to the government to raise fees, the report, published by Universities UK (UUK), nevertheless warns that students from low-income families would be discouraged if fees rose to £7,000, particularly if they had to take out private loans as well as government student loans. The report suggests that if fees were raised to £7,000 a year, with students allowed to take a loan and pay it back after they graduated, a graduate in 2016 would have £32,400 of debt after three years of study, more than double the average total debt (£17,000) the study predicts for 2011. The findings have provoked outrage from the National Union of Students (NUS) and triggered an early-day motion from Labour MPs opposed to fees …” (more)

[Donald MacLeod, Guardian, 17 March]

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