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Open University Fees


bremner
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As one of the many on here who have studied with the OU I am stunned with their announcement of their new fees.

The maximum study a student can undertake in one year is 120 points - this means they would study for three years to acheive a standard degree. Current fees would be in the region of £700 for a sixty point course hence £1400 for a year.

The new fee from 2012 for 120 points is £5000, a threefold increase.

The majority of those who study with the OU are mature students who have a desire to return to education for many varied reasons. I think this increase, forced on the OU by government changes in higher education funding will result in a large percentage of those mature students dropping their studies or never starting.

Whether the slack will be taken up by school leavers seeing this as a cheaper alternative to traditional university study remains to be seen.

Thoughts?

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bremner

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CIG

You are now just talking semantics

No student is forced to have a maintenance loan or tuition loan, but if they do it is their student loan, one amount one repayment scheme.

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Clapton is God

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"No student is forced to have a maintenance loan or tuition loan"

I don't recall saying anything about students "being forced" to take these loans.

I was, however, pointing out the various elements of the Student Loan package to those amongst us who don't, or may not, know.

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bremner

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I was not quoting you I was making a statement.

"I was, however, pointing out the various elements of the Student Loan package to those amongst us who don't, or may not, know".

However earlier you said "but the Student Loan (which is nowhere near £9,000 or even £5,000) is nothing to do with paying for Tuition Fees"

Lets agree then that a student loan is for maintenance and tuition fees so everyone is clear.

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bremner

For the record....

There are two totally separate loans available to students. One is a course tuition fee loan, and one is a maintenance loan to cover the cost of living expenses.

The vast majority of university students apply for both, and these are paid directly to the student at the start of each university year as a combined payment. The fact remains however, that they are distinct and separate loans.

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bremner

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Yes I am very aware as I have already said at 4.12pm but the simple fact is that together they are the Students Loan.

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bremner

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... and all this all came from Clapton stating that tuition fees were nothing to do with the Student loan.

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