The Papers: Tory fears as ‘Labour surges’, and ‘Wasteminster’

The Sunday Times reports that universities are pushing for UK students to pay more for their tuition to help with costs.

It says university bosses are warning that unless British undergraduates pay closer to the £24,000 a year fees that students from abroad hand over, they will lose their places to foreigners.

Vice-chancellors point out that the £9,000 a year paid by UK students has been frozen for a decade and say they are being forced to take on an ever-increasing number of foreign applicants from countries such as China and India.

The university admissions’ service Ucas has told the Independent website that soaring demand for higher education will disadvantage poorer students.

According to Ucas, applications are expected to jump to at least one million by 2026.

Its director of strategy tells the site that poorer pupils risk losing out, with more competition for places – unless the government helps the sector expand.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, Conservative leadership…

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