Universities to raise fees next year

The Telegraph is reporting that all elite universities are set to introduce higher fees from next year, new data from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) revealed as it emerged nearly every institution in England is expected to follow suit.

The data showed 121 out of 123 universities with full-time undergraduates plan to charge £9,250 for some of their courses and 36 institutions plan to charge the higher fee on all their subjects.

The new data emerged as OFFA predicted an increase of over 10 per cent (£833.5 million) of future investment widen participation of minority students – much of which is being funded by the increase in fees.

OFFA expected the investment in widening access to under-represented groups of students – including the disabled and ethnic minorities – to remain in proportion to the rise in fees.

However, the universities are set to spend around 30 per cent of their higher fee income in broadening access with Oxford (41.3 per cent), Cambridge (31.2 per cent), London School of Economics (49.9 per cent) and Imperial (35 per cent) – all above the average.

Russell Group universities – particularly Oxford – have been under a lot of pressure to accept more minority students in their ranks following calls from former prime minister, David Cameron, to take more ethnic minority students. 

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