It has been revealed that the University of Southampton intends to charge £9,000 for tuition fees from September 2012, the maximum allowed under the new government policies on higher education.
The announcement of the new fees is due to be officially made tomorrow (April 12th), with the University claiming that the increase in tuition fees “is necessary to secure the University’s future following the government funding cuts‚ and to enable us to continue investing in the high–class facilities and academic opportunities we offer our students.”
Southampton is the 32nd higher education establishment to confirm the maximum tuition fee level according to the BBC, with fellow Russell Group universities Birmingham, Leeds and Warwick also in the group. The increase, like any other, is subject to the approval of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).
The University’s press release continues by claiming that “21 per cent of our new undergraduate students will receive a fee waiver, reducing their fee costs to the minimum of £6,000 for each year of their degree. Another 15 per cent of our undergraduates will receive some form of financial assistance.”
The full press release, including additional details on student entitlements, can be found here. More to follow.