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Higher Education

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many courses in higher education were discontinued between 1981 and 1982.

Since November 1982 my right hon. Friend has withdrawn approval from 67 courses of higher education in the public sector in England because they either failed to recruit the specified minimum number of students, or could not meet the requirements of validating bodies. A number of other courses were discontinued upon replacement by new courses: the number is not available. Universities are free to determine their own course provision and no information is readily available on changes in the past year.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will seek to obtain and publish a comparative list of course fees for (a) home and (b) foreign students charged by universities in the United Kingdom, EEC countries such as France and Germany, and the United States.

In 1981–82 (the latest year available) university tuition fees in the countries mentioned were:

Great Britain
Home and EC students:
Non-EC overseas students:
Students who enrolled before 1 September 1980
Students who enrolled on or after 1 September 1980
Full cost subject to a minima of
Clinical medicine, dentistry and veterinary science£6,000
Northern Ireland
Home and EC students (also non-EC overseas students who enrolled before 1981/ 82)
Non-EC overseas students who enrolled in 1981/82
Full cost, viz
All studentsNil
All studentsNil
United States of America
Private institutions:
All students$US 4,500–7,500
State institutions:
In-state students
two year colleges$US 469 (average)
four year colleges$US819 (average)
Out-state students (US and foreign)
In-state fees plus a supplement of up to $US 3,000

Source: France, Germany and United States of America: "A Policy for Overseas Students" (1982) published by The Overseas Students Trust.