I’ve read a number of articles recently about the potential for student tuition fees to jump up sometime very soon. Basically, university’s currently have a cap on what they can charge per year. This is currently £3,290 per year. There is speculation that this cap could change and that universities could be able to charge £7,000 to £10,000 per year, imagine that!
The Telegraph have an interesting article outlining how, if this were to happen, English higher education would be the most expensive in the world! In fact, only a rise to £5,000 or more would put us top of this infamous league.
I for one cannot see how tuition fees as high as this cannot fail to create a situation where only the wealthy can afford to go to university. Even if only a small number of universities decided to up their fees to this level, wouldn’t this create a two tier system where the elite go to these elite (expensive) universities?
Screw this! Stop the funding cuts to universities and then they won’t need to raise fees. Whatever happened to education for all, no matter what your class or wealth?
If you’d like to do something about this, the NUS and NCU demonstration on Wednesday 10th November 2010 is a great place to start!