UK: First university announces less-than-maximum fees

Bishop Grosseteste University College has become the first university in England to announce planned tuition fees for 2012 below the £9,000 (US$14,511) maximum, reports the BBC. The Lincoln institution said it would charge £7,500 for most courses, subject to approval by the fair access office.

Bishop Grosseteste specialises in education and teacher training, but also offers a range of bachelor of arts courses. It said it intended to charge £7,500 per year for BA qualifications, but had not yet set the fee for its postgraduate certificate in education courses as it was still waiting for funding information from the government. The planned fee for foundation degrees is £5,625. Principal Muriel Robinson said the college was setting a "fair fee".

From 2012, universities in England will be allowed to charge students between a basic fee of £6,000 to a maximum of £9,000. Most universities currently charge tuition fees of about £3,325. As of last week, the universities of Oxford, Imperial College, Durham, Exeter, Essex, Surrey, Manchester, Warwick and Aston had said they want to charge the maximum yearly tuition fee.
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