Tuition fee rise to £9,295 in Wales is scrapped

The BBC reports that plans to raise the maximum level for tuition fees from £9,000 to £9,295 in Wales have been scrapped, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has said. The income level at which graduates will have to repay student loans will be raised from £21,000 to £25,000, she added.

It comes after the UK government pledged to raise the maximum threshold for loan repayments in England.

Ms Williams told AMs the announcement had caused “turmoil” in England.

“Many unscheduled changes recently announced in England are having an impact on their ability to follow a consistent approach to policy development and initiatives in higher education,” she told the assembly’s education committee on Wednesday.

“One only has to look at the front page of The Times today to see the turmoil there is across the border.

“I will not allow such instability and incoherence to knock us off course here in Wales, from delivering on a stable and sustainable system.”

“We will allocate an additional £6m to HEFCW [Higher Education Funding Council for Wales] in this financial year to deal with short-term implications affecting the sector, primarily demographic changes and threats from Brexit.

“We will provide an additional £10m to deal with any immediate issues arising out of the tuition fee changes and provide a further £5m in both for the next two years.”

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