Should University Fees Be Cut but with Longer Repayments?

‘Should university fees be cut but with longer repayments?’

This is the question on everyone’s minds at the minute. If you watch the news or have the app you’re bound to have heard about the new proposal to cap tuition fees at £7,500 as opposed to the current rate which is £9,250.

Theresa May announced ‘there is much to be said about the proposal to cap tuition fees and also admitted that getting rid of maintenance grants has not worked and that it’s now time to return them.’  

Estimates from the Institute for Fiscal Studies revealed that the average student after finishing university can end up owing over £50,000. However, the current system works by the student making repayments for 30 years but if university fees are cut then the repayments will be extended to 40 years.

This is a very controversial topic. With most controversial issues there comes pros and cons and this is no different:

Fewer debts will be wiped off which will in turn mean smaller bills to taxpayers
You could be nearing retirement and still paying off your debt
You could end up paying more for longer

The National Union of Students (NUS) president Shakira Martin explained how they are ‘committed to free education’ and feel that the proposal to reduce tuition fees is a ‘step in the right direction’.

Should University Fees be Scrapped Completely?

Whether university fees should be scrapped completely is a huge debate where opinions are divided. We’ve put together a list of what students, university lecturers and parents think:


  • Education is an investment in the future workforce
  • Everyone deserves a chance to gain a qualification
  • The economy benefits from university education
  • Tuition fees aren’t always paid back so why not make it free to begin with?
  • University debt leaves graduates to enter the job market saddled with debt and some rush into a career choice which might not suit them
  • When a graduate wants to get on the property ladder they might find this difficult due to the amount of debt
  • Some jobs require you to have a degree and their aren’t alternative qualification routes


  • Tuition fees highlight the commitment to succeed
  • Those who pay can appreciate the true value of going to university
  • Fees should be lowered but not scrapped as people who don’t need or want to go to university might go because it’s free
  • Education costs to teach so students should pay to receive
  • Taxpayers can’t pay for everything
  • Students paying for tuition fees ensures teaching standards are of high quality
  • You pay for investments so why shouldn't you pay to invest in your future?

What Is Your Opinion?

Should university fees be cut? Should we extend repayments from 30 years to 40 years before they are wiped off? Should university fees be scrapped completely?

Who knows what to expect in the future surrounding tuition fees, the UK has one of the most expensive university systems in the world. Do you think this needs to change?

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