Students who drop out of university have been ‘air-brushed’ out of the argument. The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) points out that those students who drop out without completing a degree will still be liable for the fee.
The reforms will not save public money. Post-1992 University Vice Chancellors argue in a letter in the Telegraph today that ‘Gains made in reducing the deficit by withdrawing public funding for higher education will be cancelled out. In the long term, taxpayers will pay higher loan write-off costs.’
An amendment tabled by Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland calls on the government to delay the vote until after the publication of a White Paper. It has all-party support.