How high can fees go?

Posted on 11th February 2010 by Youth

More than half of students would be willing to pay university fees of £5,000 and one in five would be prepared to go as high as £10,000, a survey of tens of thousands of students suggests. Opinionpanel Research asked 37 000 university students what price would be so low that it would make them doubt the quality of their courses and what figure would be so high that they would rule out paying it.

The Times Higher Education wrote an article on the research which starts:

More than half of students would be willing to pay university fees of £5,000 and one in five would be prepared to go as high as £10,000, a survey of tens of thousands of students suggests.

Opinionpanel Research asked 37,000 university students what price would be so low that it would make them doubt the quality of their courses, and what figure would be so high that they would rule out paying it.

More students were prepared to pay fees of £3,000 – approximately the current level – than any other sum.

But a report on the findings by Anna Vignoles, professor of economics of education at the Institute of Education, says the results also indicate that “a reasonable number” would be willing to pay higher fees, with demand remaining “substantial” even at £7,000.

Unsurprisingly, poorer students would be less willing to pay more.

For example, if fees were £6,000, 44 per cent of students from fee-paying schools say they would not be willing to pay to study the courses they were taking, compared with 54 per cent of students from state schools.

Read the full article on the Times Higher Education website here.

 

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