Thursday, November 11, 2010

Why charge domestic students more? To help bring down charges for foreign students

. . . or so Prime Minister David Cameron argues here:

"[. . .] Increasing tuition fees should mean future rises in foreign students' charges can be kept lower, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said. He was replying to a student at Beijing University who asked about the impact of the rise on international students. Mr Cameron said in the past fees charged to foreign students had been pushed up "as a way of keeping them down on our domestic students".But they had "done the difficult thing" of putting up English students' fees. The result of this was that "foreign students will still pay a significant amount of money - but we should be able to keep that growth under control". [. . .]"

It will be interesting to see how this plays with voters given that UK students may see a trebling in annual tuition bills from 2012.


Matt said...

Something I do wonder about here is the impact of the EU education policies on states that I would expect to be net importers of students, such as the UK. I'm no expert on this at all, and might be wrong on several parts, but I would guess that in the past the UK charged more for foreign students than domestic ones, even from other EU countries, but my understanding is that that is now not allowed, or at least not allowed to the same degree. If the movement of students between EU countries was equal, this might be no special burden. But, I strongly suspect that the UK is a net importer of students, for a variety of reasons. If this is right, its burden would have gone up under EU education policies without comparative gain. I'd be very interested to hear from someone who actually knows more than the bits I do about the subject as to how this has worked out in the UK and other relevant countries.

The Brooks Blog said...

In the UK, both UK and EU students would pay the same "domestic" rate. Only non-EU students would pay the "foreign student" rate -- a rate that is much higher. The current cap on domestic students is about £3,200 whereas is not uncommon to find fees of more than £8,000 for foreign students.

I'm not sure on the other figures, although it would be interesting to investigate.