October 14, 2010

Grants vs. loans: The debate over H.E. funding

aaaThe publication of Lord Browne's report has meant that university funding is again in the news, particularly its recommendation that there should be a large increase in the cap on student fees (and by implication an increase in fees).

Arguments over the amount that students should pay for a university education have been rumbling on for decades. The leaflet on the left dates from 1987, when students still received government maintenance grants and didn't have to pay undergraduate tuition fees. It objects to the proposed introduction of student loans and reduction of student grants by the Conservative Government of Mrs Thatcher (described as the "privatisation of our education"), and was produced by Watford and Cassio Student Union and Watford Labour Party Young Socialists (linked with the Militant Tendency).

This is one of several documents relating to post-war Higher Education included in the online resources for the module 'The Sociology of Education'.

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