Slashing payment "has not worked" says PM but NUS says change of heart "too little too late".
A system of stepped fees and restored maintenance grants would reduce average levels of debt substantially, and clear fee debt entirely for those from low income households, at a more moderate cost to the taxpayer. This would significantly lower financial barriers to participation, while nonetheless sharing the cost between the taxpayer and those with the greatest ability to pay. Young people deserve a fairer deal, and genuine reform of student finance would be a good place to start.
The way the Tories voted, turning their backs on the evidence of modest measures which will support social mobility, slams the door in the face of every young person who wants to get on in life. Their claims that they want to build a country that works for everyone are nothing more than empty rhetoric. They talk the talk, but they have no interest in walking the walk.
Dear Jo Johnson: Minister, It's Time To Tell Parents The Truth About What You Expect Them To Pay Towards University Costs
Parents of students starting university in England in 2016, are facing a hidden 27% rise in university costs. We've been working on this for a few weeks, and as part of our campaign for a more transparent system of student finance, I have today sent an open letter to Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, asking for him to urgently consider a change in the system. Here's the text...
Tomorrow, thousands of young people will be receiving their A-Level results, and making important decisions about their future. Labour wants to ensure that all students can take the abilities as far as their talents allow. But sadly, not all have equal access to education. Young people from less well-off backgrounds are being locked out of further studies... In this context it is disgraceful that the Conservative government abolished student grants -that gave young people low and middle income backgrounds a more level playing field, and risks more of Britain's talent not being developed to its full potential.
Cutting the maintenance grant limits us financially, but it won't stop you doing what you want. Evaluate what you really want, and think about the different ways you can achieve it. There's probably a multitude of different ways that could work for you, just think carefully and pick the best one.
Education is not a commodity, and it should not be something reserved for the privileged few. The Tories' endless assaults on higher education are an assault on our society at large, widening the gap between poor and privileged more than ever before. 'Social mobility' isn't just dying, it's already dead - and it's about time we started fighting to resuscitate it.
A maintenance grant provided me with hope and confidence that I did belong at university. Without the grant, I would never have entertained the prospective of university. This government seems hell bent on severely restricting the options of minority groups and reinforcing the stereotype that only the privilege should attend university.
Maintenance grants support some 500,000 of the poorest students. Converting these to loans will mean hundreds of thousands will graduate with debt of up to £53,000. These very facts was put directly to the Prime Minister at PMQs in the House of Commons and the complacency of his answer says it all.
Scrapping maintenance grants is a desperate attempt by Osborne to find savings wherever he can because as a Chancellor he has failed consistently to meet any target he has ever set himself. This proposed saving of £1.57billion is a drop in the ocean compared to our £1.5trillion worth of debt that has increased under Osborne's time as Chancellor. Again Osborne has pound signs in his eyes with no idea of the actual worth.