Three degrees

Students may struggle to pay high fees
Students may struggle to pay high fees
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SUNDERLAND University today announced plans to charge students between £7,000 and £8,500 per year.

University chiefs have proposed a three-tier charging system, starting at £8,500 for cost-heavy courses and £7,800 for cheaper-to-run degrees – making them the lowest fees in the North East.

Foundation degrees will cost students £7,000.

Critics say students now face paying a “mortgage” of tens of thousands of pounds to access higher education.

But Sunderland University vice-chancellor Peter Fidler, pictured, said the fees structure was “inclusive and affordable”.

He announced a £10million support package to help less well-off students.

He said: “There are thousands upon thousands of Sunderland graduates out there who tell us their lives have been changed because of their experience with us.

“We are determined, despite this difficult climate, to do all we can to ensure all those with talent are still afforded that opportunity in the future.”

Northumbria and Teesside universities announced across-the-board fees of £8,500 a year last week.

Newcastle and Durham intend to charge the maximum £9,000.

For the full story, see today’s Echo.