UK students face tuition fees rising to £9,000

| 03/11/2010

(BBC): Universities in England will be able to charge tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year from 2012, as the government transfers much of the cost of courses from the state to students. Fees will rise to £6,000, with an upper tier of £9,000 if universities ensure access for poorer students. Universities Minister David Willetts said this was a "progressive" reform. Labour’s Gareth Thomas said the fee hike represented a "tragedy for a whole generation of young people". But Mr Willetts said the fees package would "put universities’ finance on a sustainable footing with extra freedoms and less bureaucracy". He argued this would this bring "greater choice for students with a stronger focus on high quality teaching".

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