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ERIC Number: ED503078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
A New System of Top-Up Fees: Market Response of English Universities: Research & Occasional Paper Series: CSHE.12.05
Douglass, John Aubrey
Center for Studies in Higher Education
Fees will become an increasingly important funding source for public universities in the UK and throughout the OECD, caused in part by declining government subsidization and rising costs, as well as by an increasingly entrepreneurial drive by institutions themselves to increase revenues. Beginning in September 2006, universities and Further Education colleges in England and Wales will charge variable fees within limits set by a defined cap and by ministry demands for increases in institutional aid for lower income students. This essay chronicles the response of England's universities. Not surprisingly, most will charge the maximum amount allowed; at the same time, levels of bursaries (financial aid) will vary between institutions. The response and plans of English universities, and the subsequent response of both the market and students, will likely have a significant influence on other OECD nations, particularly those in the European Union, as they gradually consider a similar variable fee scheme. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)