University fees are planned to lower
Plans to cut university fees to £6,500 after the Labour Party pledged to lose them entirely.
The proposal comes from a commission established by the Prime Minister after she had been put under pressure by Jeremy Corbyn to lower tuition fees after his plans to abolish them.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, of the Labour Party, said that the “heaviest burden of debt has fallen onto young people.” He added: “that’s why we put forward in our manifesto, our fully costed commitment to scrap tuition fees, and we will.”
The plan to cut university fees have believed to have been inspired by Theresa May’s effort to appeal to younger voters after the Labour Party’s pledge to abolish them won over young voters in the general election last year.
However, university vice-chancellors, politicians and higher education experts reacted with concern as, according to The Times, the proposal “could threaten social mobility and force struggling institutions to close.”
The proposal would cost the Treasury £3 billion a year and could leave universities with a third less income from fees or a cap on student numbers.
Megan O’Connor, a student from Bournemouth University, said: “I honestly think that lowering of university fees is a really good idea.
“Cheaper tuition fees means more people would think about going to university, resulting in more educated workers.
“It could mean that more people would choose to go to university, but it is also ridiculous how much they charge right now.”
Tuition fees may only lower for arts and humanities courses; according to the Sun’s Snapchat news story, those studying courses such as medicine, maths or engineering could have to pay as much as £13,500.