For the third year in a row, there is to be no rise in tuition fee levels in England—prompting concerns over a further budget squeeze for universities.
On 23 July, universities and science minister Chris Skidmore confirmed that tuition fees would stay at £9,250 in 2020-21, while maintenance loans for full-time undergraduate students are set to increase in line with inflation. Full maintenance loans for students living away from home and studying outside London will reach £9,203, an increase of 2.9 per cent. The loan amount available to students is means-tested by parental income.
The Disabled Students’ Allowance will also rise by 2.9 per cent, as will loans for postgraduate students. In a written ministerial statement, Skidmore said the decision to freeze fees and increase living support would “keep more money in students’ pockets”.