Reduce University student tuition fees from £9250 to £3000

Call on the government to consider holding debates in Parliament between MPs and university students to raise/discuss issues that affect them. It will allow students to voice their opinions and concerns about tuition fees of £9250 a year which are too high, particularly as grants have been removed

578,092 Signatures

Status: Open
Opened: 5 Oct 2020, 2:27 p.m.
Last 24 hours signatures : 90
Estimated Final Signatures: 697,086

Daily Rank: #79 • Weekly Rank: #53 • Total Rank: #2


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Recent Documents related to Reduce University student tuition fees from £9250 to £3000

1. Research and analysis: Alternative Student Finance: current and future students’ perspectives
30/05/2019 - Department for Education
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Found: Alternative Student Finance Current and future students™ perspectives Research report May 2019

2. Research and analysis: The student finance system: impact on disadvantaged young people
30/05/2019 - Department for Education
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Found: Impact of the student finance system on participation , experience and outcomes of disadvantaged

3. Research and analysis: Post-18 review of education and funding: independent panel report
30/05/2019 - Department for Education
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Found: Post -18 Education Review: Call for Evidence May 2019 Pye Tait Consulting

4. Accelerated degrees: widening student choice in higher education
19/11/2018 - Office for Students (OfS)
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Found: Question 20 (for individuals, including current students) 48 Analysis 49 Government response 50 Quest

5. Accelerated degrees: widening student choice in higher education
19/11/2018 - Department for Education
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Found: Question 20 (for individuals, including current students) 48 Analysis 49 Government response 50 Quest

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Recent Speeches related to Reduce University student tuition fees from £9250 to £3000

1. University Tuition Fees
27/11/2017 - Westminster Hall

1: considered e-petition 182953 relating to university tuition fees.It is a pleasure to speak under - Speech Link

2. Higher Education (England) Regulations
13/09/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: House on 15 December 2016, in the last Session of Parliament, be revoked.It has taken a long time to - Speech Link
2: having to bring this Government to the House to discuss this really important issue time and again, we - Speech Link

3. Higher Education
23/04/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: recurring feature of the development of the Office for Students. Throughout the passage of the Higher Education - Speech Link
2: or students”?Is this not just another example of Labour playing politics with our students? - Speech Link
3: Government can go away and ensure that the Office for Students is fit for purpose. So far they have only undermined - Speech Link
4: UA92 university academy in my constituency, a public-private partnership with Lancaster University, to - Speech Link

4. Post-18 Education and Funding Review
02/07/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: experts and received almost 400 responses to its call for evidence. I also thank all the stakeholders - Speech Link

5. Higher Education (Fee Limits and Student Support) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020
02/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: May. This included the introduction of temporary student number controls, which relate to the regulations - Speech Link

6. Universities: Financial Sustainability
11/02/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: I thank the hon. Lady for the opportunity to discuss the higher education sector today in what is my - Speech Link
2: Serious concerns were revealed this weekend about the financial situation of Reading University and there - Speech Link

7. Funding Higher Education
28/02/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: many Members, among my constituency duties I particularly enjoy interacting with sixth-formers in schools - Speech Link
2: going local—and that, to give students real choice, issues relating to fees have to be wrapped up with those - Speech Link
3: higher education experience of going away to university and growing up during those three or four years - Speech Link

8. Tuition Fees
19/07/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: considered the Government’s decision to increase tuition fees implemented by the Higher Education (Basic Amount) - Speech Link
2: remind them that he said we would look at steps to reduce or ameliorate the debt burden. Perhaps that confused - Speech Link
3: would look again at the repayment threshold for student debts; the Government have frozen it at £21,000 - Speech Link
4: tripled tuition fees and then slashed the education maintenance allowance. In 2015 they took grants from - Speech Link

9. Tuition Fees
16/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: Session 2019–21, The impact of Covid-19 on university students, HC 527; Third Special Report of the Petitions - Speech Link
2: 306494, 324762, and 552911, relating to university tuition fees.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

10. Higher Education: Loans
05/04/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: conditions for existing students are further incremental burdens on students that risk worsening the - Speech Link
2: Her Majesty’s Government to report annually to Parliament on the impact on the economy of the increasing - Speech Link
3: what is now Edinburgh Napier University. My wife is a governor of a university in London and I have two children - Speech Link

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Higher education is the key for our nation’s future, live Parliament debates involving MPs and students are crucial to give them the opportunity to raise the issues of concern in particular reducing University student fees & other matters impacting their lives including accommodation costs. The debates should include university students, post graduates, those from poorer backgrounds and disabilities also college students. Covid-19 has left the nation’s future economy/job market uncertain


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Government Response

Tuition fee levels must represent value for money and ensure that universities are properly funded. Government is not considering a reduction in maximum fee levels to £3,000.


This is a difficult time for students and Government supports the desire of everyone in higher education (HE) that students continue receiving the best possible learning experience, while recognising the wide range of issues that have arisen from the pandemic.

Students have made their voice heard through a range of e-petitions over the past year. Government’s responses to previous petitions on fee refunds can be read here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/302855 and here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/324762. The Petitions Committee held an inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on students, and Parliament debated its impact on students on 16 November 2020. This can be viewed at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/324762. Students may engage with the democratic process further by writing to their MP.

Regarding tuition fee levels, this Government is committed to a sustainable funding model that supports high-quality provision, meets the skills needs of the country and maintains the world-class reputation of UK HE.

The maximum tuition fee cap has been frozen for four years and will remain at £9,250 in 2021/22 for standard full-time courses. HE providers are autonomous and responsible for setting their own fees under this level. In deciding to keep charging full fees, providers will want to ensure that they can continue to deliver courses which are fit for purpose and help students progress their qualifications. The Office for Students (OfS) has made it clear that HE providers must continue to comply with registration conditions relating to quality and academic standards, which set out requirements to ensure that courses are high-quality, that students are supported and achieve good outcomes and that standards are protected, regardless of whether a provider is delivering its courses through face-to-face teaching, online learning, or a combination of both.

The OfS is taking very seriously the potential impacts of the pandemic on teaching and learning and is regularly engaging with all registered providers. It is actively monitoring providers to ensure that they maintain the quality of their provision; that it is accessible for all; and that they have been clear in their communications with students about how arrangements for teaching and learning may change throughout the year. If students have concerns about the quality of online tuition, they should first raise their concerns with their university. If their concerns remain unresolved, students at providers in England or Wales can ask the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education to consider their complaint.

The Government pays tuition fees upfront on behalf of eligible students, through a system of subsidised loans, and the student loan repayment system provides unique protections to borrowers. Borrowers with post-2012 undergraduate loans pay back 9% of earnings above the repayment threshold, currently £26,575 per year (rising to £27,295 in April). Repayments are linked to income, not to the amount borrowed, and if a borrower’s income drops, so do their repayments. Any unpaid loan is written off after 30 years at no detriment to the individual.

We recognise that in these exceptional circumstances some students may be facing considerable financial hardship, and we encourage universities and private landlords to review their accommodation policies to ensure they are fair, clear and have students’ interests at heart. The Department for Education has worked with the OfS to clarify that HE providers are able to use existing funds, worth around £256 million for academic year 2020/21, towards hardship support. The Government has recently made available up to £20m of further hardship funding on a one-off basis to support those that need it most, particularly disadvantaged students, and cross-government work is continuing to consider what additional support can be provided. Government plays no role in the provision of student residential accommodation.

Loans for living costs are available as a contribution towards a student’s living costs while attending university. The system targets the most support at those from the lowest-income families. Students undertaking courses that would normally require attendance on-site, but for which learning has moved either fully or partially online due to Covid-19, will qualify for living costs support in 2020/21 as they would ordinarily. Students who suspend their studies for a variety of reasons, including shielding, can apply for their living costs support to be continued while they are absent from their course. Students in receipt of a living costs loan who have been awarded a lower amount than the maximum can apply for their entitlement to be reassessed, if they believe that their household income for the current tax year will drop by at least 15% compared to the amount they advised when they were initially assessed.

Department for Education