13 Dec 2017
For over a decade, the funding of higher education in the UK has been the subject of debate but also disagreement. Following reductions in government teaching grant from 2012, the fees for students studying at universities in England were significantly increased, although under the student repayment system all loans are written-off after 30 years.
In October 2017, the UK government announced that it intended to review the funding system in England. However, some senior Ministers and MPs have already suggested that they might favour the introduction of differential fees.
All students deserve to study at well-funded universities, wherever, whatever and however (full or part-time) they choose to study. This briefing explains why the government would be wrong to introduce differential fees and why it would be right to restore student maintenance grants.