Education leaders warn against university tuition fee rise

A battle over tuition fees is on the horizon in the United Kingdom after education leaders warned that universities’ desires to increase the £9,250 (US$10, 885) yearly rate could exclude disadvantaged students, writes Serina Sandhu for iNews.

However, some figures in the sector said higher education funding needs to be reconsidered as universities begin to buckle under soaring inflation. University vice-chancellors have said that fees need to be raised for domestic students in order to keep running, according to The Sunday Times. They warn they are increasingly forced to offer places to overseas students – who pay thousands of pounds more a year to attend than their British counterparts – to bolster their incomes.

But Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We would be extremely concerned about any big rise in university tuition fees, particularly in terms of disadvantaged young people and the potential to deter them from applying for university courses.”
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