7 Jun 2011

University tuition fees: mapping the costs

Channel 4 News maps the increasing price of university tuition fees amid changes to government funding. Use the slider to change the cost, navigate the map and click on the icons to find out more.

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A large number of universities have opted to charge students the highest rate in tuition fees from 2012.

In recent days Lancashire, Leeds and Kent have joined a growing list of universities planning to charge the maximum of £9,000 a year.

Portsmouth and Derby are among a small number who have said fees will be below the maximum limit.

All tuition fees are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

In December the Government won the right to treble university fees amid large protests in a number of cities across the country.

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While thousands of students protested outside Parliament in sometimes violent demonstrations, MPs voted 323 to 302 to raise maximum fees from £3,290 a year to £9,000.

The Business Secretary Vince Cable told Channel 4 News in December that despite the opposition, the policy was right for tackling Britain’s debt.

“I would love to be Father Christmas and hand out lots of favours and be popular,” he told Jon Snow. “But the position the country is in, with this enormous deficit we have inherited was bound to lead to difficult decisions.

“I know we have to explain it better to the country, but I don’t regret the decision that has been made and I certainly don’t regret my own role in it.”

The vote threatened to split the Liberal Democrats who campaigned against a tuition fees rise during the election.

In a bid to cut the deficit, the Government announced huge savings in the October spending review, which includes a 40 per cent cut in teaching budgets.

Higher education budgets are to be cut from £7.1bn to £4.2bn by 2014.