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Universities in UK Announce New Fee Structure

Great Britain 3 April 2012, 06:24

Students interested in pursuing higher education in universities in UK have been facing lot of dilemma in recent times owing to the rising cost of tuition fee proposed in British universities. Faced with severe feedback from prospective students and the dip in admission applications, nearly 20% of British universities have now decided to revise their tuition fee packages just few weeks before prior to deadline date for receipt of applications.

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Students interested in pursuing higher education in universities in UK have been facing lot of dilemma in recent times owing to the rising cost of tuition fee proposed in British universities. The figures provided by UCAS (the organization that is responsible for processing applications to higher education in universities in UK) indicated a falling trend in student applications last year.

This was mainly attributed to the fact that the students would have to spend about £9,000 tuition fees on an annual basis. It was a significant rise in the fee charged by England universities as compared to the year before. The major impact was felt by mature students and foreign students who wanted to pursue courses at post-graduate or a higher level.

Faced with severe feedback from prospective students and the dip in admission applications, nearly 20% of British universities have now decided to revise their tuition fee packages just few weeks before prior to deadline date for receipt of applications.

As per OFFA, the public body that helps to regulate access to higher education in the UK in a fair manner, twenty five academic institutions have revised their fee packages. In eleven of these institutions, the fees have been lowered while many others have offered waiver of fees or discounts to students easing their financial burden. However, it is to be noted that that the bursaries as well as scholarships have also been reduced to the tune of £13.8million.

However, there are many who believe that these changes have been proposed rather late and will only add to uncertainty and confusion in the minds of the students. Whether these changes will substantially benefit the students in terms of savings is also a point of debate.

It is felt that such changes will only be of help those graduate students who are earning sufficient income to repay their educational loans within thirty years. Some of the colleges and universities in UK have reallocated their funds by transferring them from bursaries to waiver of fees for deserving students.

However there have also been some additional investments by the British universities, which have resulted in no reduction in terms of financial support to students.Thus while it may appear that students will benefit by being able to pursue their course in England universities at an economical price, they are likely to receive lesser support in terms of financial help.

The students have only a limited time to reconsider and revaluate this crucial decision to study at one particular institute amongst the universities in UK that have revised their fee structure. The change in plans for the tuition fee package was also triggered by the fact that the government was planning to implement proposals for expansion in those British universities and colleges which were charging an annual tuition fee of less than £7,500.

This was an initiative by the government to bring down the cost of higher education in UK to make it more affordable to students, after it was reported that a vast majority of universities in UK had increased their tuition fee.


Source: BBC

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