No to increase in University Fees
- Houses of Parliament
- United Kingdom
No to increase of University fees to £80,000 in mainland U.K. and £60,000 in Northern Ireland.
Middle-class students face bills of £80,000 to go to university in the biggest shake-up of higher education funding for half a century.
They will bear the brunt of drastic cuts to university budgets through a triple whammy of higher tuition fees, costlier student loans and restricted access to grants.
At present, tuition fees are capped at £3,290 a year, and student loans to cover these charges and living costs are paid back at very low interest rates.
But fees are set to rise to take the cost of a three-year degree to £30,000 from as early as 2012, while increasing rates on loans could add a further £20,000 in interest payments. Living costs of about £30,000 would take the total to £80,000.
Universities would be required to use a proportion of their additional fee income to prevent the poorest youngsters being deterred from higher education, in what amounts to a significant levy on the middle-classes to subsidise those on low incomes.
The reforms could see tens of thousands continuing to make repayments well into their 40s.
We, the undersigned, ask Houses of Parliament to reconsider proposals to increase University fees.
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The No to increase in University Fees petition to Houses of Parliament was written by Hannah Smith and is in the category Education at GoPetition.