Free university courses for unemployed proposed

UK“The unemployed and those on short-term contracts should be allowed to take part-time university courses for free, vice-chancellors urged ministers today. Jobseeker’s allowance claimants and those forced to cut their hours because of the recession face upfront tuition fees of several hundred pounds a year if they decide to study for higher education qualifications part-time. Million+, the group representing post-92 universities, is arguing that claimants and short-time workers should have their fees waived. This would cost the government £400m but it estimated that savings on benefits and the extra taxes paid by more skilled employees could produce revenues of £523m …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 24 March]

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