The Telegraph is reporting that students who take ‘condensed’ undergraduate courses, which take two years instead of the usual three, could be charged more.
Ministers are considering allowing universities to charge more than £9,000 a year in tuition fees if they are delivering ‘speedy courses’, The Telegraph can reveal.
In what would be a major shake-up of the current system, universities offering three-year courses condensed into two years could be allowed to charge more than then current cap.
It would allow some universities to exceed the main tuition fees cap for the first time since the charges were controversially introduced by Tony Blair.
Critics warned that a varied tuition fee cap would create a “free for all” and trigger an “explosion of fees”, increasing the debt burden on students.
But those backing the move believe it could help diversify courses on offer for students and would only affect a relatively small number of students.
Do you think it is acceptable for students to be charged more for ‘speedy courses’ or not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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