Will postgrad fees be affected along with the increase in undergrad tuition fees? Watch
- 17-04-2011 21:29
(Original post by evantej)
- 18-04-2011 12:03
The thing is, universities cannot increase their tuition fees without the system's support; that is, it is pointless setting your fees at £9000 or more if no one can actually afford to pay that or borrow the money to pay that. I cannot imagine banks increasing their career development loans to £15,000. This means that tuition fees for postgraduate programmes will simply increase with inflation. I guess by 2012, £5000 will be the average point. Some universities will exceed it (and some already do), but most will try to keep below it like the did with £4000 for a few years.
However, as there is no determined 'cap' on postgraduate fees as such, their price will be set by the university depending on a number of internal and external factors. I've noticed that some specialist economics courses have nearly doubled their fees in one year (UCL, for example), while MBA courses have always tended toward higher fees. I think it boils down to; yes, no HE institution is going to be unaffected by fee increases and spending cuts, but the degree to which each postgraduate centre responds will vary enormously (there, vague but threatening, ). If we remember, though, the spending review included a 100 million decrease in funding to Band-D (classroom) students, which is likely to affect the amount or cost of classroom-based MA teaching (so, more seminars and fewer lectures, continuing that trend ...)
The HE Funding Council delivered their consultation on research funding allocation in March, but there will be no report on this until June. I havn't read it all yet, but they indicate more 'selective' funding will be in operation by 2012-13 (at the level of delivering bloc grants to institutions) ...
(hello evantej, by the way ...)