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It looks like one of our university's could be more than doubling it's tuition fees next year.
University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich has fixed its tuition fees for UK and European Union full-time undergraduates for 2012 entry at £7,500 for Foundation degrees and £8,000 for Bachelor degrees in a package subject to the approval of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). At the moment it's only £3,375 a year for a full time BA.
Professor Mike Saks, Provost of UCS, said: "We are a new, can do Higher Education Institution with very good facilities, and we plan to deliver the best higher education for Suffolk. Our fees represent excellent value for money and will enable us to cover our costs in an increasingly tightly run and cost-effective institution. They should also allow us to deliver innovative initiatives to widen participation, improve our support and facilities for students, and build employability into the degree courses on offer."
The fee of £7,500 for Foundation degrees shows our commitment to working with employers, and providing students with an alternative option to the traditional three year Bachelors degree. We continue to be committed to widening participation in the county and beyond, and our roots mean we are well positioned to do so. Students should also remember that the fees are not paid up front but only start to be repaid when graduates earn a minimum of £21k per annum in employment."
They have also decided not to charge the maximum of £9,000 a year which the majority of Universities have decided to do.
The University of East Anglia in Norwich says it has not decided on it's fees for 2012 yet.