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Graduates could pay tax instead of fees

Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2009   Category: 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.


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