Sunday, 1 March 2015

University fees - up/down/scrapped?

It was a Labour Government that stopped free university education and made it into a fee-paying priviledge.  Indeed, tuition fees rose with the Conservative/Coalition Governments' backing from £9,000 for 3 years to £27,000. That's only the cost of the tuition fees - you still have to live beyond that, which, with accommodation, food, books and sundries needed for higher education, is likely to be a conservative £13,000 for 3 years, meaning a total outlay of £40,000 because you want to continue in education. I find that beyond appalling and wonder how many young people are put off university altogether due to these kind of costs? 

Royal Holloway, University of London
I was fortunate when I went to university because the company I worked for paid the fees. However, as a post-grad currently doing my PhD I'm self-funded.  OK, so PhDs are cheaper due to the fact that we do not need any kind of tuition/lectures but they are still around £4,000 per year, amounting to approximately £12,000 if you can complete in the hoped for 3 years of study. 

Education is important - I believe - and can do so much for our younger generation. With the law changed to say young people cannot leave full time education until they are 18, shouldn't we be encouraging them to continue, not scaring them off?  

I recently saw that that UKIP says:

"Subject to academic performance UKIP will remove tuition fees for students taking approved degrees in science, medicine, technology, engineering, maths on the condition that they live, work and pay tax in the UK for five years after the completion of their degrees." 

That's great!  Please do that.  Sort out some of your other issues and you'll definitely get my vote.

Labour want to lower the fees for university to £6,000 per year.  They make this sound like it's a great offer for our young generation, but let's not forget who started this fee fiasco in the first place!  

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