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Heads Urge Government to Confirm Fees for 2018

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Head teachers have stressed that prospective university students in England should be told as soon as possible how much tuition fees will cost in 2018.

Although the first deadline for courses next year at Oxford and Cambridge is as soon as next month, ministers haven't yet confirmed if fees will increase to above £9,500 a year.

A Department for Education spokesman indicated the tuition fee level will be decided by autumn 2017, before the majority of students have applied for a university place for 2018-19.

Tuition fees have already increased to £9,250, but an inflation linked increased planning for next year could see them rise to over £9,500 for courses starting in autumn 2018.

Leader of the ASCL head teachers' union, said: "We are also concerned that universities have been allowed to raise their fees, but that the government has frozen the £21,000 threshold above which graduates are required to start making loan repayments.

"If inflation is recognised for universities, it should surely be recognised for students too."

The topic of student debt has been high on the agenda in recent weeks, particularly as it emerged some vice-chancellors were earning hundreds of thousands a year.

This has resulted in universities minister Jo Johnson, suggesting details of staff earning above £100,000 a year should be made public. While those topping £150,000 should be forced to justify pay levels.