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DfE Confirms Tuition Fee Freeze

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The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that university tuition fees in England will be frozen at a maximum of £9,250 for the next academic year, however, a long-term decision on fees would be delayed until the next Comprehensive Spending Review.

The decision follows on from two years of fee freezes after the Augar review was released in 2019, which had recommended fees be capped at £7,500.

Additional reforms could be on the horizon when the government will finalise its conclusion on the Augar report. The report suggested the return of maintenance grants for poorer students but there was no mention of this in the interim response.

In relation to the tuition fee freeze, the report said: "This gives reassurance to potential students that incentives are aligned to encourage courses with good job outcomes and reinforces the government's commitment to safeguarding the UK's high-quality research base." However, the DfE said given the pandemic now was not the right time to conclude the review in full.

According to University and College Union general secretary Jo Grady, the government is wasting an opportunity to make real change and it was not good enough to delay the issue until the spending review.