Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Labour Fee Plans 'Won't Hit Colleges'

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Labour Fee Plans 'Won't Hit Colleges'

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AoC says lower tuition costs would have 'no major impact'

Labour's pledge to cut university tuition fees will not have a negative effect on further education colleges that offer degrees, the Association of Colleges has insisted.

Party leader Ed Miliband said that £9,000 tuition fees had been a "disaster" for young people, and promised that if elected Labour would cut fees to £6,000 from autumn 2016.

About 130,000 higher education students are currently enrolled in FE colleges, representing almost 10 per cent of the undergraduate market. Nearly 300 colleges offer HE courses designed and accredited by universities, and several offer their own degrees. The majority of colleges currently charge tuition fees significantly lower than those at universities. …

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