Just over twenty years ago, higher education was free in the UK for any student who secured a place on a university course. Flash forward to today and students graduate with an average debt of £50,000. Critics claim this is wildly unfair and inhibits social mobility. Others claim that high fees improve equality. With both sides aiming to reduce inequality, why do the positions on implementing fees and reducing grants contradict each other?
No, the UK should make higher education free for students.Show moreShow less
University education should be free for all to access. Education is a human right. The state has a duty to fund free higher education in its annual budget.
In recent years there has been a push to improve not only people's physical health, but also their mental health. Increasingly, studies suggest that our financial health can have a big impact on our mental health; as those with the least money report more feelings of anxiety and depression 
If debt can lead to psychological problems, then fees may not only harm student's opportunities but also their health.
Even though the current system effectively means that those who earn below £21,000 will not have to pay back their student loan, simply the thought of such a crushing debt can be problematic.
For those who have to borrow the entire sum of their fees, and whose parents cannot contribute financially, such a debt burden in itself is problematic. There are frequent reports of students who have claimed that the quantity of money they owed deepened their mental health issues.
Whilst debt and depression are linked, often depression can lead to an accumulation of debt from poor decision-making [
P1. Debt causes depression and anxiety.
P2. Tuition fees create debt.
P3. Ergo, tuition fees cause depression and anxiety.
Rejecting the premises
If premise one is false, in that depression causes debt rather than vice versa, then this could be disproved.