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Where Are the Most Expensive Places to Go to University?

| October 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

When it comes to choosing a university, it is no longer simply a matter of seeing which school offers the best course for the career path a student wishes to follow.  In today’s economic climate, with rising tuition fees and the high cost of living, financial considerations must be taken into account before any decision is made about where to study, and not all universities are equal when it comes to the fees they charge students.  So, just where is the most expensive place to go to university?

Edinburgh University is likely to be one of the most expensive places in the UK, with recent reports indicating that the university could be set to charge £9,000 per year in tuition fees to students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales.  This equates to £36,000 for a standard four year degree, and has been described by some as “both staggering and ridiculous.”  Edinburgh is set to become the third Scottish university to charge the allowed maximum for students coming from other parts of the UK.

Other universities in Scotland may follow suit, with Heriot-Watt and Aberdeen having already stated that they intend to cap their fees at a slightly lower, but still remarkably expensive, £27,000 for the length of a course.  Four years is the standard length of time needed to earn a degree from a Scottish university.

Students who live in Scotland will not have to pay these fees.

At present, universities are free to set their fees at anywhere from £1,800 to £9,000 per year.  A Scottish government spokesman recently said, “It is up to individual universities to manage and set their fee levels for students from the rest of the UK, bearing in mind the need to be competitive and attractive to a broad range of students.”

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