New system will be no cheaper

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unfortunately Russell Cutts’s letter (Aug 31) had the headline ‘Facts on student fees’ but contained two significant errors.

He said ‘fees currently stand at £3,375 a year, paid for in advance’. No they are not payable in advance, students repay them once they graduate and are earning, as he rightly says is the case with the new, much higher fee.

He also suggests that the new system ‘is required to enable the country to get out of the financial hole we’re in’.

Most estimates suggest that even in the long term the new system is unlikely to be any cheaper for the government, despite much larger debts facing students.

This is why the Government is likely to reduce the number of UK students that the two Sheffield universities are allowed to recruit for the year 2012/13.

There is an old saying that a camel is a horse designed by a committee.

For current university funding, the saying should be amended with ‘coaliton’ replacing ‘committee’.

Coun Geoff Smith, Crookes

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