According to The Guardian, students who are the first in their family to go to university should be given a year’s free tuition to allay fears about graduate debt and encourage them to continue into higher education, according to a report.
The authors want the government to introduce a “first-in-family allowance” which would cover tuition fees for the first year of an undergraduate degree – which normally costs £9,250 – for any student whose parents have not had tertiary education.
“By making the first year of post-18 study free for any student who is among the first generation of their family (and applying this to first-born children and their siblings), we are signalling the importance of overcoming this barrier to educational attainment,” it says.
The OfS is particularly keen to get the views of past, present and future students, as well as parents, academic staff, higher education leaders, schools and colleges. The consultation ends on 21 May.
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