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IFS: Main parties ‘ducking tough choices’ on university funding

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Report looks at how “luck may be running out” for England's universities

Tuition fees in England would rise to £10,500 by the end of the next parliament if the incoming government opts to end the current freeze on fee levels and reintroduce rises in line with inflation, analysis shows.

According to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, published on 22 June, while university finances have fared “unexpectedly well” in the past five years, “storm clouds are now gathering” over English higher education finance, principally because income from teaching has been frozen while costs have increased.

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