UK government to introduce university tuition fees
Students entering English universities in 2006 will have to pay up to £3000 ($5500; €4500) a year in tuition fees if a bill presented in the House of Commons in January is approved. The Higher Education Bill outlines the government's plans to introduce top-up fees, which would allow different universities to charge different tuition fees.
Students currently pay a fixed fee of £1125 each year while they are at university. The government's proposal would enable universities to have greater freedom to decide their own fees, which would vary between courses at each institution. The government said, “It is wrong to assume that every student wants the same thing from higher education or that every university should be the same… a one size fits all model is unfair to students and is too rigid for universities.” Charles Clarke, secretary of state for education and skills, said, “Variability remains the key. We