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University Tuition Fee History

  • Dearing report was published

    The Dearing Report was published. This is a series of reports that were commissioned by the Government, which was being led by John Major at the time. The report aimed to review the future of Higher Education in the UK.
  • Tuition Fees introduced for the first time

    Students were required to pay up to £1,000 a year for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the United Kingdom to fund tuition.
  • Quigly Report

    As scottish degrees require four years to complete in compariosn with the UK standard of 3 years, Sir George Quigly said that a fee concession for the final honors year at Scottish universities should be given as it was unfair they were having to pay more.
  • Tuition Fees increased to £3000

    2004 saw the government increase the amount universities were allowed to charge for courses to £3000. The rise was said to be because of developments in funding of higher education.
  • Scotland abolished tuition fees

    Scottish governments successfully abolished tuition fees and the proposed endowment - meaning applicants living in Scotland could attend a Scottish university for free.
  • University applications increase

    University applications increased, despite the fact they had introduced £3000 fees.
  • Browne Review suggests removing cap on tuition fees

    Set up originally by Labour to compile research into higher education. The Browne review suggested moving the cap on university fees, and not having to pay back until students are earning £21,000 a year.
  • Student UK protests began

    Around 30,000 - 52,000 from all over the UK went to Central London to protest against the spending cuts being introduced to higher education.
  • Tuition fee rise approved and announced

    The Browne Review suggestions were taken forward, and government passed a vote coming to the conclusion that tuition fees would rise.
  • Fees reached £3290

    By 2010/11, fees had risen from £3000 to £3290.
  • First year to charge fees at £9000

    The academic year of 2012/13 was the first year to charge tuition fees at £9000.