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Suffolk New College student president: Tuiton fees should reflect future earnings

PUBLISHED: 18:45 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:46 06 March 2018

Jordan Barry, president of the Student Union at Suffolk New College. Picture: SUFFOLK NEW COLLEGE

Jordan Barry, president of the Student Union at Suffolk New College. Picture: SUFFOLK NEW COLLEGE


In his second column, Jordan Barry, of Debenham, the new Suffolk New College student president, reflects on student tuition fees.

I agree with Theresa May and think that there should be a review of UK university tuition fees - but recent discussions have left me and many of the people I know feeling none the wiser.

There didn’t seem to be any definitive answers. I think answers should have been put in place before the review was announced as a lack of answers just creates uncertainty.

The fact that there is a possibility that fees might be increased puts people off the idea of going to university altogether. Many people on my (media) course at Suffolk New College – go on to study at university. If fees were to increase, that amount would dramatically decrease.

One of the issues being discussed was having different prices for different courses and I must say that I think this makes sense. In my opinion, someone who studies on a law degree should pay more than someone studying a subject that isn’t going to pay as much of a salary in the long run. Ultimately you will get a better salary working in law - so you should pay more to get that education.

Personally I also think that what people pay to go to university should be means tested. It just makes it fairer and more possible for everyone to have the same opportunities.

I look at other countries such as Germany with some envy as students don’t have to pay tuition fees. I think if university education was free in the UK, the country would boom. People would be more educated and more people would go into industries that have skills shortages.

Part of me would love to go into higher education and I’m disappointed that the fees issue has put me off. When I looked into it, the course I wanted to go on said that former students had worked on one of the Star Wars films and I’ve heard of other people on physics courses being given a lecture by Professor Brian Cox. You can’t put a price on that experience.

Actually, thinking about it you can – some reports suggest say that in terms of the debt associated with doing a degree - on average you come out with around £50k to pay back.

This puts me off and it’s made me think that I will go straight into employment after college.

Read his first column on young people unfairly being branded as political apathetic here.

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