Cambridge Uni fee hike to avoid ‘discrimination’
Saturday 15th December 2012, 4:00PM GMT.
CAMBRIDGE University claims it is bringing in higher overseas fees for Guernsey students to avoid being ‘discriminatory’ towards others.
The leading institution yesterday justified being one of four universities to refuse to treat island students the same as those in the UK, who pay lower fees than those from overseas.
Education minister Robert Sillars revealed the move by Cardiff, Cambridge, Warwick and Imperial universities during this week’s States meeting.
A Cambridge University spokesman said: ‘Fees for island students are higher than for Home/EU students in reflection of the fact that the Higher Education Funding Council for England does not provide any funding to the university for these students.
‘The university does not see any justification for maintaining a reduced rate of unregulated fee charged solely on the basis of a particular domicile. To do so would be discriminatory.’