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Forget scrapping fees—here’s the most important thing UK universities could learn from Europe

The tuition fee debate is more complex than it looks—and comparisons with Europe don't always work. But there are things that the UK could address immediately

By Martin Greenacre  

Protestors take part in a demonstration, United for Education, marching along Piccadilly in London, over access and quality of higher education. Photo: PA

When only half of student loans are likely to be repaid, it is clear that our tuition fee policy is broken. If rumours are to be believed, even some within the Tory party think so. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell argue that there is a simple solution: scrap tuition fees. After all, university is either free or incredibly cheap in most European countries.

The French example

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