Annual tuition fees at the University of Exeter will rise by £250 from September 2017 and look set to increase further in future years.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Tim Quine said that, subject to final Government approval, new £9,250 annual tuition fees will be applied to both new and continuing students as of September 2017.
Students who graduate from the University of Exeter before 2017/18 will not be affected by the change.
Professor Quine also explained that the University intends “to apply moderate annual increases to UK/EU tuition fees in future years, in line with inflation, subject to meeting the terms set out by Government”.
The increase comes after plans allowing universities to raise their tuition fees above £9,000 were published in a White Paper entitled “Success as a Knowledge Economy” in May this year.
Students still studying at the university in September 2017 with a student loan will be able to borrow sufficient funds to cover the new fees.
Professor Quine went on to note that the fee status for EU applicants who apply to study at the University as of September 2017/18 will be determined by agreements reached during exit negotiations arising from the UK’s Brexit vote.
Professor Quine said: “The decision to charge £9,250 has not been taken lightly but follows four years in which tuition fees have been frozen, while the costs of delivering a world leading education have continued to rise. We need to increase our fees if we are to maintain and build upon the excellent education we provide as one of the top 100 universities in the world and to honour our continuing commitment to deliver an outstanding student experience.”
In an email to students responding to the announcement, President of Exeter Students’ Guild Toby Gladwin said: “The Students’ Guild opposes any increase [sic] in tuition fees and we have repeatedly made our position clear to the University.”
In 2011, the University of Exeter became the first university outside the Russell Group to announce that it would be charging the then-maximum £9,000 tuition fees from 2012. The University went on to become a member of the Russell Group in 2012.