University opts for maximum tuition fees

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STUDENTS in Scarborough are set to face hefty debts as the University of Hull opts for maximum tuition fees.

The university, which has a campus in Scarborough’s Filey Road, has been granted permission to charge fees of £9,000 from 2012.

More than a third of English universities have opted to charge £9,000 as their standard fee next year after their proposals were approved by a government watchdog. The move has angered both current and potential students.

Matthew Brown, vice-president of the Scarborough’s Student’s Union at the Filey Road site said: “The rise in fees won’t affect current students, however they are fearful of the affect it will have on their sibling, while mature students are worried about their children.

“What we will be doing as a union is working very closely with the university to ensure the money from fees is passed on to the Scarborough campus and not swallowed up by facilities in Hull.”

The move has worried potential students in the Scarborough area, who are started to think about university applications, which some reconsidering going on to further education.

Che Lister, 16, who is a student at Scarborough Sixth Form College, said: “The increase has made my family have to start saving more money. I will probably have to go to one of the universities which doesn’t cost as much as the top fee of £9,000.”

Amy Harrison, 16, who is studying A- Levels at Lady Lumley’s School, said: “I think the increase is ridiculous, because I have always wanted to study Law at Edinburgh University, however, due to the increased fees on top of travel, accommodation and living costs, it’s now a lot more likely that I’ll be going to a university closer to home or not at all.”

Fellow Lady Lumley’s student Joey Wilmore, 16, said: “There’s a slim chance that I’ll actually be going to university now. It’s just too much money, and I don’t want the debts afterwards.”

In a statement from the University of Hull, its says it is “aware there is the potential for the higher fee to deter some students from applying” so it putting in place a “commitment to provide a comprehensive package of financial support to help all students access the University of Hull, and to support them in completing their programme of study”.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Calie Pistorius said: “The university believes that the headline fee of £9,000 is necessary to ensure our commitment to quality of teaching and student experience, given the nature of the new policy landscape, and that the figure reflects the value of a degree from the University of Hull.

“We have given careful thought to the package of support we are offering to our students and by doing so, no student should feel that an undergraduate experience at Hull, irrespective of their background or financial situation, is beyond their grasp.”