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Universities launch tuition fees price war

Publié par Clifford Armion le 11/08/2011

Richard Garner

The career plans of thousands of students have been thrown into confusion after it emerged that one in five universities is seeking to reduce its fees, with only weeks to go before the application deadline.

Many prospective students will have applied for cheaper universities, only to discover that others - which they decided were too expensive - are now within their budget. Others who opted for a more expensive course may now get a windfall in terms of reduced fees. Labour described the confusion in the applications process as "unbelievable", while student leaders said the "botched changes" were causing "great uncertainty".

A total of 27 English universities have applied to the Office for Fair Access (Offa), the universities watchdog, to revise agreements they had signed earlier this year in an attempt to reduce their fees. Universities blame delays in the Government's announcement of changes to higher education funding which meant that those charging less than £7,500 a year now qualify to bid for 20,000 places set aside by ministers.

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"Universities launch tuition fees price war", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2011. Consulté le 04/12/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/universities-launch-tuition-fees-price-war