Suffolk New College student president: Tuiton fees should reflect future earnings
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In his second column, Jordan Barry, of Debenham, the new Suffolk New College student president, reflects on student tuition fees.
I agree with Theresa May and think that there should be a review of UK university tuition fees - but recent discussions have left me and many of the people I know feeling none the wiser.
There didn’t seem to be any definitive answers. I think answers should have been put in place before the review was announced as a lack of answers just creates uncertainty.
The fact that there is a possibility that fees might be increased puts people off the idea of going to university altogether. Many people on my (media) course at Suffolk New College – go on to study at university. If fees were to increase, that amount would dramatically decrease.
One of the issues being discussed was having different prices for different courses and I must say that I think this makes sense. In my opinion, someone who studies on a law degree should pay more than someone studying a subject that isn’t going to pay as much of a salary in the long run. Ultimately you will get a better salary working in law - so you should pay more to get that education.
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Personally I also think that what people pay to go to university should be means tested. It just makes it fairer and more possible for everyone to have the same opportunities.
I look at other countries such as Germany with some envy as students don’t have to pay tuition fees. I think if university education was free in the UK, the country would boom. People would be more educated and more people would go into industries that have skills shortages.
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Part of me would love to go into higher education and I’m disappointed that the fees issue has put me off. When I looked into it, the course I wanted to go on said that former students had worked on one of the Star Wars films and I’ve heard of other people on physics courses being given a lecture by Professor Brian Cox. You can’t put a price on that experience.
Actually, thinking about it you can – some reports suggest say that in terms of the debt associated with doing a degree - on average you come out with around £50k to pay back.
This puts me off and it’s made me think that I will go straight into employment after college.