Higher Education Bill Must Prioritise Care Leavers

This Bill will also allow universities to charge higher fees, linking them with teaching quality. Linking teaching quality to fees puts a premium on excellent teaching and will force debt adverse students to consider compromising teaching quality to lower fees. We have worked with care experienced students, and the universities that support them, as part of our work on access to higher education, and we know that concern about finances can play a huge role when care leavers make their decision about where and what to study. Whether it is choosing courses or universities with fee waivers, bursaries or low tuition fees, finance plays a much bigger part in the decisions that care leavers make than it does for many of their non-care experienced peers.

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