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Tuition Fee Increase 2017

01 August 2017

The government says the increase can apply to students who have already begun courses - but this will depend on the terms of student contracts in individual universities.

Royal Holloway and the University of Kent have to still to decide on whether to charge higher fees for current students, but expect to apply them to new students starting in 2017, if the fee limit increase goes ahead.

The University of Surrey will not increase fees for its current undergraduates, but fees will increase each year for students starting in 2017.

The government says if the fee rise is challenged in the House of Commons, there is likely to be a vote by MPs in the autumn.

MPs have criticised universities that have already announced higher fees, before the current £9,000 limit has been removed.

But the government has subsequently issued a statement formally setting out the process which will see fees rise above the £9,000 upper limit.

Increases will be linked to evidence of high quality teaching, which will be decided by a new mechanism called the "teaching excellence framework".

For the first year, it is not believed that any university or college has failed to reach the necessary quality threshold, so all universities will be able to charge a new upper limit of £9,250 per year.

The government says it wants to protect the value of tuition fees from erosion by inflation.

Universities face the dilemma that under consumer protection requirements they will need to announce the £9,250 fee before the beginning of the next application cycle in early September.

But until formally changed by Parliament, universities are not allowed to charge a fee higher than £9,000.

The inflation-linked rise represents a 2.8% increase and if that continued would mean fees rising above £10,000 in the next few years.