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Labour outlines costs of abolishing tuition fees

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Party set to scrap fees and bring in post-qualifications admission system on election win

Labour has pledged to end the “failed free-market experiment” in universities by scrapping tuition fees and transforming the Office for Students’ role if it wins power on 12 December.

Labour unveiled its manifesto on 21 November, outlining its well-publicised plan to remove fees and bring back maintenance grants for students, costed at £7.2 billion per year. It said it would “end the failed free-market experiment in higher education” that saw tuition fees treble to £9,000 in 2012, and would instead develop a new funding formula for universities.

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