University of Lincoln’s £9k fees confirmed

More than a third of England’s universities have had their plans to charge average tuition fees of £9,000 a year approved, including the University of Lincoln.

Joni Appleton, Spokesman for the University of Lincoln, said: “The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) has agreed to the University of Lincoln’s fees for 2012 entry being set at £9,000 per year.”

However, OFFA says that any higher education institution planning to charge over £6000 for their courses need to increase spending on access measures.

This means providing students with more support, like bursaries and scholarships, as well as putting more into outreach programmes.

Appleton says that the university will have a support package that “will include bursaries, tuition fee and accommodation discounts and hardship funds” but they will not be offering fee waivers like some other institutions have decided.

Appleton added: “One in three of the University’s 2012 entrants will receive a support package of £3,000.

“The university consulted closely with students and the Lincoln Students’ Union about the support package, on the basis that we wanted it to be the most beneficial option for future students.

“Bursaries put the funding in the hands of future students, to use as they decide — including paying against fees — whereas fee waivers do not do this. As such, this is an explicit commitment to student choice and empowerment.”

Across England this means the average for tuition fees will be £8,393 rather than the £7,500 envisaged by ministers originally.

The University of Lincoln announced in April that the Board of Governors had agreed to charge £9,000 a year for all full-time, home/EU undergraduates by 2012.

Source: OFFA | Photo: University of Lincoln | Related reports: Lincolnshire Echo