Which universities are raising tuition fees in 2012?

This article takes a look at the planned increase in university tuition fees in the UK in 2012. For information on what specific universities are planning to charge take a look at our, regularly updated, student fees table below.

In December 2010 MP’s voted to give universities the option to raise their tuition fees to up to £9000 a year from 2012 onwards. By early March the universities of Exeter, Cambridge and Imperial College London had already stated they intend to charge the full amount for student fees in 2012 whilst Oxford announced they will charge at least £8000.

The announcement that universities will be able to charge £5650 more than is currently being charged, has led to worries that prospective students from lower income households will not apply to the universities charging the full £9000. This has led to the Office for Fair Access (Offa) advising that these universities double their efforts to widen access to students by spending an annual average of £900 per student grants, that’s up from the current £400.

It was announced on 20th April that all of England’s 123 universities and university colleges, are raising their tuition fees to at least £6000 a year in 2012, with some intending to charge the full £9000 for certain courses. Universities of Bristol, Bradford, Hull, Oxford Brooks and East London, have all recently announced they intend to charge the full £9000.

This leaves the Treasury with the issue of funding the huge initial student loan payments that the government provides for every student, only to be repaid once the student has graduated and is earning over £21000 a year (for more information on paying back student loans take a look at our Student loan repayment calculator). To tackle this Ed Miliband, Labour leader, has warned that at least a 10% cut will have to be made to places available for undergraduates.

According to The Guardian the number of applicants for universities has already decreased, and The Times states that the number of students working abroad or taking a gap year before university has gone down by half.

Offa will fully announce in July which universities’ requests to raise their tuition fees have been accepted, and will commence from autumn 2012.

There are many issues raised by the increase in tuition fees that we at Save The Student have thought about. To begin with, many universities feel that if they do not charge the full £9,000 then they may end up looking like a ‘cheap’ university and therefore gain less applicants. All of the universities will set their charges based on what they feel is their own worth. If a university was to charge £6,000 then they may feel as though they are undervaluing themselves to prospective applicants.

However, with this in mind, just because a university may charge £9,000 as opposed to the £6,000 minimum it does not mean that they could be worse for studying at. Many universities specialise in certain subjects and if the subject that you want to study is well established at a university that charges the lower amount then it may best to go there. It’s all about weighing up your options.

Below you can see a table of the Universities that have announced how much they will charge for university tuition fees in 2012. It is useful to keep in mind that the fees may be different in each individual circumstance and bursaries may be available for certain students as stated above. Also, many universities are planning on differing the prices of certain courses compared to others.

UniversityPlanned Tuition Fees 2012 (£)
Anglia Ruskin8,300
Aston9,000
Bath9,000
Bath Spa9,000
Bedfordshire9,000
Birkbeck6,000-9,000
Birmingham9,000
Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln7,500
Blackburn College (University Centre)7,000
Bolton6,300-8,400
Bournemouth8,200-9,000
Bradford9,000
Brighton9,000
Brighton and Sussex Medical School9,000
Bristol9,000
Brunel University9,000
Bucks New6,000-8000
Cambridge9,000
Canterbury Christ Church8,500
Chester9,000
Chichester8,500
City University, London9,000
College of Law9,000
Coventry4,600-9,000
Cumbria8,400
De Montfort9,000
Derby6,995-7995
Durham9,000
East Anglia9,000
East London9,000
Edge Hill9,000
Essex9,000
Exeter9,000
Falmouth 9,000
Gloucestershire8,250
Goldsmiths9,000
Harper Adams University College9,000
Hertfordshire7,400-8500
Huddersfield7,950
Hull9,000
Imperial College9,000
Keele9,000
Kent9,000
King's College London9,000
Kingston8,500
Lancaster9,000
Leeds9,000
Leeds Met8,500
Leeds Trinity8,000
Leicester9,000
Lincoln9,000
Liverpool9,000
Liverpool John Moores9,000
London Met4,500-9,000
London School of Economics8,500
London South Bank5,950-8,450
Loughborough9,000
Manchester9,000
Manchester Metropolitan8,000-9,000
Middlesex9,000
Newcastle9,000
Newman University College8,500
Northumbria8,500
Norwich University College8,500
Nottingham9,000
Nottingham Trent8,500
Open University5,500
Oxford9,000
Oxford Brookes9,000
Plymouth 9,000
Portsmouth8,500
Queen Mary, University of London 9,000
Reading9,000
Roehampton7,500-8,250
Royal Agricultural College9,000
Royal Holloway9,000
Royal Veterinary College7,500-9,000
Salford8,000-9,000
Sheffield9,000
Sheffield Hallam8,500
SOAS9,000
Southampton9,000
Southampton Solent7,800
St Mary's University College8,000
St. Georges9,000
Staffordshire University7,500-8,500
Sunderland8,500
Surrey9,000
Sussex9,000
Teesside8,500
University of the Arts London9,000
University Campus Suffolk7,500-8,000
University College London9,000
University College Plymouth Marjon7,800
University of East Anglia9,000
University of Central Lancashire9,000
University of East London9,000
University of the West of England9,000
University of West London7,500-8,200
Warwick9,000
Westminster9,000
Winchester8,500
Wolverhampton8,500
Worcester8,100
Writtle College8,000
York9,000
York St. John8,500

Search for your University and if it is not on here check back for the updated version in July when the 2012 tuition fees are fully released.

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2 Responses to “Which universities are raising tuition fees in 2012?”

  1. James Brown

    19. Nov, 2013

    Please sign this petition against high tuition fees. I have not stopped campaigning yet!

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/54535

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