Higher fees will deter students from low-income backgrounds

UK“… You report that Harris, director of the Office of Fair Access (OFFA), in anticipation of a review on the cap on university tuition fees, ‘said that despite the introduction of £3,000 top-up fees in 2006 … applications from students from working-class homes had increased’. He asserts that raising the fee cap to at least £5,000 will not hurt social inclusion. In fact, the most recent figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that the numbers entering higher education from the lowest income backgrounds decreased by 0.4% between 2007 and 2008 – despite about £400m being ploughed into widening access to higher education …” (more)

[Louise McMenemy, Guardian, 9 June]

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