Most of us were living in a nice bubble thinking that at least we shall never pay more than the already expensive £9,000 a year. How wrong we were. This week the University has declared that for the 2017/18 academic year fees will rise by another £250. Now sure, in the grand scheme of things £250 does not seem like a big change. However, many of us are not pleased indeed!
Whilst some students believe that Exeter should publically commit to spending more on guaranteeing that low-income background students are able to come to Uni, others believe that the £250 is modest. It seems therefore that not even all students hate the tuition fees then.
Some believe that it is fair as the government already give us primary and secondary education and cannot afford to pay for everything. But many students think that Steve Smith earning £395,000 and charging us each a quarter of a thousand pounds more a year is a tad ridiculous.
I don’t know about you but I have mixed feelings. Sure, I hate that we have to give more money and I already strongly believe that I do not get £9,000 worth of education but I do understand that Universities are privatised so I am not overly surprised at the rising fees.
But many a student has strong views on the subject. Hayden Cooper remarked that it is ‘An utter disgrace, and an outright attack on the mere concept of education.’ and the worry by other students is that whilst the fees can rise because of inflation, the repayment threshold of £21,000 can’t. This could drag people into repayment earlier if average earnings rise whilst loading them with more debt.
So I would say whilst many Exeter students understand why this might be happening. Many whilst not surprised are frustrated and angry at the seemingly ever-increasing expense of a degree. The real question remains: will this be the last increase? Unfortunately, I fear not!
So try and enjoy the rest of your summer and watch the video below to see what the sad future may hold for the rest of us.