DfES suggests it may support a graduate tax, not top-up fees

21 Nov 02
The Department for Education and Skills has attempted to defuse the growing row over top-up fees for university students by publishing a consultation document hinting that a graduate tax may be a better option.

22 November 2002

The consultation paper questions the use of parental income as a guideline. 'We treat 18-year-olds as adults in most aspects of their lives.

'But for HE they are treated as dependants and we assume their parents will fund them,' it says.

Higher education minister Margaret Hodge said: 'We don't want fear of debt to be an inhibitor for our very young, bright, talented pupils from reaching higher and going to the best universities and developing their potential.'


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