LSE gives green light for top-up fees

20th December 1996 at 00:00
Students at prestigious universities could face top-up fees of about Pounds 1,000 from 1998. The London School of Economics last week became the first university to start such a move when its Court of Governors agreed by a two-to-one majority that fees could be charged from September 1998 if financial circumstances required it.

Vice-chancellors meeting in London decided against imposing a Pounds 300 entry fee next September. But, they said, this was not because of the extra Pounds 100 million for universities found in last month's Budget but because of legal advice that students had not been given fair notice.

However, Professor Gareth Roberts, chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, said a "substantial" number of universities would alert applicants for places in 1998 that fees were possible.

He suspected that fees might be around the Pounds 1,000 mark, with a safety net so that at least half of students would not have to pay the full sum.

He urged universities to wait until Sir Ron Dearing's inquiry into higher education had reported next summer before deciding whether to charge fees.

A group of older universities with large clinical and research commitments, known as The Russell Group, is most likely to start charging.

The group includes Oxford and Cambridge and long-established civic universities such as Manchester and Birmingham.

Tuition fees for home students, paid by the Government through local authorities, range from Pounds 750 a year for classroom-based activities to Pounds 2,800 for clinical courses.

Overseas students pay higher fees which reflect the true cost, ranging from Pounds 6,000 to Pounds 15,000 a year.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today