I worry the political fallout and language of fighting the changes is possibly more damaging to pupils’ aspirations than the changes themselves.
I agree with this point 100%. What matters at the end of the day is what your life will look like if you go to uni and take a loan. And the answer to that is 'really quite ok' - the impact of the loan repayments is really minimal (albeit rather persistent) no matter what your future earnings. Meanwhile the potential positive impact of a university education on your career and your life in general is *massive*. Sadly, very well-intentioned people who want university to be absolutely free are doing so much (highly misleading) doom-saying about the effects of fees that it is leading young people to make decisions that are really not in their long-term interest.
A while back I put up a post covering a very similar issue. In addition to the points here, it includes a useful reference table to check out future earnings vs repayments and some case studies to give a feel for the tangible effects of getting a student loan under the new system. Find it here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...694323&page=15
I totally agree with the previous opinions.
Also the number of EU students applying to British universities has decreased this year because of the high tuition fees.
Universities may have problem finding students.
I had a sudden thought but this answered it for me
2. You only repay if earning over £21,000. From the April after graduation, full-time students will start repaying at a rate of 9% of everything over £21,000 (this figure will rise with average earnings from 2017 – the year after repayments start). If you never earn over the threshold, you never repay anything.
I hadn't been told this before and my form tutor didn't know if it did !
I thought it might be a sneaky way they catch us out. Wages aren't rising much at the moment, but if you think that about 40 years ago, my dad was earning jsut over £2k which was about average apparantly. And now the average is nearly 10x that, by the time we're in our 50s/60s we'll be earning way over 21k even if we're on the minimum wage !