Another rise in tuition fees, another new debt for university students
With millions of students all over the country leaving university with debts up to £50,000, their financial sum is going to get a whole lot worse due to another increase in tuition fees.
Paying for university originally started with the Labour Government in 1998 under Tony Blair, who introduced £1000 a year. This was later controversially tripled to £3,000 a year for students starting their courses in 2006, and then tripled again in 2012 at £9000 a year by the Coalition Government. This caused an absolute uproar for students all over the country as it is simply unaffordable, being the highest its ever been and leaving a lot of students in debt.
However, its not only students who completely disagree with the extreme fees the Government are demanding. Michael Kosmides, a Lecturer at London Southbank University says ‘it will be very difficult for students to follow their course of wanting to go to University as the fees rise, as in my opinion university should be as free as possible’.
The rise for the 2017/18 tuition has yet again rocketed to £9,250 a year which has caused another outcry for students. Remeka Washington-Wint, a student at a London University, is distraught with this increase, “why do they need that extra money? All it does is put us in more debt and we could be using that money on books and extra curriculum’.
With the upcoming election coming up, this increase could help out the Labour Government with the younger voters as they are promising to try abolish tuition fees altogether.