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Graduates could pay tax instead of fees
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Life after graduation
The National Union of Students (NUS) has proposed that tuition fees are charged through tax after graduates have left university, rather than charging students.
A report by university vice-chancellors suggests that applications for higher education will not drop even if fees are raised from the current £3,145 a year to £5,000.
But the NUS has hit back with the new proposals, encouraging a tax which would see those with higher incomes from graduate jobs put more money back into the education system.
Wes Streeting, the president of the NUS, said: "We believe that higher education should be free at the point of use for all students, with graduates making a contribution according to how much they are benefiting financially from their own use of the system."
As well as help with fees, students recently received support from mortgage-lender Halifax in buying a house for the first time after they graduate, through a new website.