Tuition fee fears hit the gap year

Labours Primeval Approach to Education was a Winner

Ten thousand teenagers have scrapped gap year plans to avoid higher university tuition fees.

There has been a 50 per cent drop in applications from students who want to travel or work abroad before starting higher education, according to Projects Abroad, which arranges overseas trips.

Most universities will increase fees to the maximum £9,000 from next year, but students who start university this September will pay just over £3,000 a year throughout their degree course.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned that student numbers could fall by 36,000 next year because so many universities have opted for the maximum fees.

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2 Responses to Tuition fee fears hit the gap year

  1. jet1263 says:

    Do you think that this is a permanent situation or just for 2011 before fees go up? I think interesting times ahead as I believe that the fee increase for 2012 will actually make students more careful about what degree they invest there money in. Therefore gap years, study abroad becomes more important to make sure students make the right decision before they invest in degrees.

    • I think it is a combination of a nervousness caused by the recent recession resulting in an eagerness to start either university, an Internship combined with the worry of places at University being refused last year, something that we expect to snowball into this.
      I don’t think students need to be more careful but they do need to be prepared to offer more. Only the business sector has been prepared to speak out in favour of taking students who study abroad. The subjects , of course, matter but without that ‘something else’ – what is on offer – in many cases just a degree. That alone does not open doors that easily any more.

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