Sixth form colleges turn to overseas students to raise funds

The Telegraph is reporting how sixth form colleges are looking to recruit overseas students to help with funding issues… 

…There has been a surge of late in the intake of international students to local sixth-form colleges…

The fees they pay for tuition and accommodation go some way to helping out the college coffers – and, at the same time, the international intake benefits student life.

There is no question that the money brought in by foreign students is sorely needed. The financial condition of the sector, according to James Kewin, the deputy chief executive of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association, gives rise to “extreme concern”…

There are 93 state-funded sixth-form colleges in England, educating 170,000 domestic 16- to 18-year-olds. At those colleges, there are just over 600 international students on roll. Not a huge lump, all things considered, but with fees ranging up to £15,000 a year, this is busily generating some serious income for the sector…

One of these is John Leggott Sixth Form College in Scunthorpe, where David Vasse is principal. John Leggott has more than 100 international students – six per cent of the total. The fees are £8,500 a year – “less than a third of the charges made by equivalent organisations in the private sector,” Vasse says…

At Richard Huish College in Taunton, there are 42 international students in college, predominantly from Hong Kong. “One is from Russia, one from mainland China, and one is from Japan,” principal John Abbott says. “The remainder are from Hong Kong…”

More at: The sixth form college goes global

 

What do you think of this drive to get overseas students into sixth-form colleges?

Is it a useful way of bringing new money into the sector and, potentially, enriching the student experience?

Or something that should not be necessary and you would prefer not to be happening?

Either way, please let us know in the comments below or via twitter…

 

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