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?
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.
We should keep higher education free to improve social mobility.
Charging for education excludes those who cannot pay for it.
Fees for higher education leave students with a psychological debt burden.
Charging students high fees can severely impact their mental health.
We should keep higher education free because education is a 'public good'.
Fees for higher education monetise education as a concept.
The fight for funding from student fees forces universities to act more like business corporations than higher education institutions.
Others believe that charging for education is the only certain way we can guarantee a constant source of funding for universities, and that it is fairer to only charge those who use the service for accessing it.
We need to charge students because it is unrealistic to make all public services free without harming the quality of service.
Without fees, the service universities can offer would be radically reduced.
Charging students has meant that the cap on places has been removed.
It is actually increasing places not decreasing fees that reduces inequality.
By charging students, they value their education more.
If we value what we pay for, then we should certainly value our education.
Charging students is the fairest way to fund universities.
Charging students means that those who don't benefit from higher education don't have to pay for it.
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