The coalition must go further on tuition fees
The decision by the coalition government to raise the cap on tuition fees to £9,000 per annum is a step in the right direction, but to be truly competitive in the global economy British higher education needs leaps, not mere steps.
The colossal increase in those attending university has made the old system of funding increasingly unsustainable. But it is also morally right for students to bear the cost of their own degree courses. The £9,000 cap is still too limiting for top universities providing the highest quality courses and it is likely that it won’t be too many years before the limit is raised further still. The sooner the better.
In the meantime, one can expect institutions to try and find inventive ways of effectively charging students a higher fee without this formally constituting part of the tuition fee.
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