May 18th, 2012

Man gotta work

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

We had the financial arrangements letter from the Education Department through recently.

I recall, when the government said that they were allowing universities to up their charges to 9 grand, they said that universities actually charging 9 grand would be the exception to the rule. Yeah, right.

My first child was paying ¬†just over 3 grand a year for her tuition fees. My second child starts when my first finishes, just one year later my second child will be paying ¬£8,500 tuition fees. Technically, the government were right in that her fees aren’t the maximum. This is true, over three years she gets to pay a whopping ¬£1,500 less than the maximum ¬£24,000. A bargain.

I never went to uni, I sometimes wish I had, mainly so that I could have gotten a different career. In just one generation we have gone from a free education, to one where a child will come out of uni with a minimum of £36,000 in debt.

But it’s OK though, because not only do the government loan the kids the money for the course, they’ll also loan them money for living expenses. Mine will get ¬£4,500. The trouble is that her accommodation will cost almost ¬£4,000, leaving her ¬£450 for the year to buy food, books, transport.

So when anyone asks why I still bother to do the job I do, when I could be laying back 7 days a week on a police pension, I point them to the above figures.

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  1. Gary says:

    We paid for all of my son’s education and he is now completing a PHD I have told him that he owes absolutely nothing to this country and that the world is his oyster. In his shoes I would be gone.

    May 19th, 2012 at 10:18

  2. rurallot says:

    Friend of mine is trying to become a paramedic – under these new rules he can’t afford the ¬£18,000 it’ll cost just for the tuition.

    Under the old system he could have afforded it. It’s such a shame as he’d make an excellent para.

    May 19th, 2012 at 19:01

  3. WHO DID THE MATHS? says:

    you work …you pay …through the nose!Sorry to hi jack the blog but , and believe me I abhor racism of any kind but the simple truth is that we now have a good number of people leeching from a system they have never contributed to , neither themselves nor there for fathers,this includes the born british and bone idle and the influx of the eu which our governments signed up to on our behalf …..nice to know they actually take account of our views then !No wonder there is no money in the pot for uni’s etc ,we have a foreign aid budget which on the one hand is quite noble( given that we did a fair amount of pillaging in the bygone days) but our debt is paid as far as i am concerned and now it is time to re energise/invent our own nation and that will take money/investment/political courage.

    May 19th, 2012 at 19:16

  4. Asitis says:

    What ‘who did the maths’ said.

    May 19th, 2012 at 23:16

  5. rufus says:

    At the same time as the Government allowed universities to increase their fees by up to £6k they also reduced the central funding to universities by £5.5k.
    What did they really think was going to happen?

    May 20th, 2012 at 10:39

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