Student Voice: The positives of tuition fees

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LIAM Andrews, a 19-year-old journalism student at University Centre Milton Keynes, bucks the trend by arguing that increased university tuition fees are crucial for the nation’s future financial prosperity.

STUDENTS’ anger over University tuition fees just won’t seem to go away, even when there are so many positives about them.

Just when I thought the UK may have let it go, local radio made me aware that there had been more student protests in London over the price hike in university fees.

It’s becoming ridiculous now, the Government has made its decision and quite frankly it is not going to affect anybody right now.

There’s no way that I can be biased about this as I’m currently studying for a degree and will have to pay tuition fees.

But the difference with me is that I realise that by putting myself thousands of pounds in debt, it will probably give me a better chance of earning more money in the future.

Whereas, if I decided not to do a degree because of fees then I would probably earn less money in the future, even taking into account the fact I would not be paying back loans.

And even if at the end of my degree I don’t get a very well paid job, that just means that I won’t have to pay the loan back.

So basically, you are only paying for your university fees if the university does its job and you end up in a position earning the top bracket of money.

Not to mention the fact that this is saving the country huge amounts of money in the short-term which will benefit us in the future when the country is in a better position financially.

For some reason as a country we seem more concerned about this issue than more prominent problems, such as wasting the nation’s money in foreign lands.

And yes, I understand and sympathise with Liberal Democrat voters because Nick Clegg has gone against his word on tuition fees.

But sometimes you do have to change your mind, especially when it is something that will benefit the country.

Let’s not forget, this money that you have to pay is going towards better teaching and facilities that will end up with you being a better student anyway.

And the argument that it puts poorer students off is not well backed up, as the figures show that families earning under £25,000 will get more than £3,000 which they do not need to pay back.

When you do start earning £21,000 a year you have to pay back nine per cent of your income a month, which if you earn £25,000 equates to £30 a month.

That is £30 out of over £2,000 that you would earn in that month - doesn’t sound like much does it?

Obviously, in an ideal world you would not have to pay tuition fees, but then again in an ideal world there would be no Piers Morgan!

Someday, students may finally recognise that tuition fees actually have positive impacts on the country and are not as bad as they have been made out to be.

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