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Higher student fees - an impossible hurdle

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 21 September 2009

Students have enough on their plate, writes first-year undergraduate Matthew Cook, without having to worry about calls from business leaders for a hike in student fees.

I’m one of many troubled students attempting to start a new life at university.

I already had worries about moving to London from Leicester before applying for student finance. Would I get a place at halls of residence? Would the student loan cover all or most of my rent and bills? Would the journalism course at Westminster University be all that I hoped that it would be?

The one question that didn’t come to mind was: would my money actually come through through before I start the course? The answer to the last question is a depressing and quite frankly stressful no.

So here I am living the gamble that is university life. I’m now signed up for six months’ rent, frantically looking for a part-time job, hoping for some good turn of luck.

With all this going on you’d think things could not get any worse for students. Well, I’m afraid it can.
If CBI report saying they wish to at least double the fees is favoured, then the possibility of someone like me educating myself will not be option.

With all the fears, hopes, struggle and disappointment surrounding university life, doubling the fees would give the student an impossible mountain to climb.

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