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University fees in Britain come at a high cost; not just an economic cost but also a social costs. With over half the UK universities opting for the maximum fee of £9,000 per year, the government is cutting off further education for the working classes. It may not seem to much for the primarily privately educated, middle class members of the cabinet, but for many ordinary Britons it paints the future in a bleak light. Why would you bother spending 4 years getting a degree that you'll spend the rest of your life paying off?
The government claims that there are motions in place that still allow social mobility and accessibility to further education, but they lack the experience to understand the burden it places on the backs of people who have put the same work in as other candidates but is held back by the figures in their bank account. The government is not allowing young, intelligent, talented British students a chance to develop their skills and accomplish great things.
To add more fuel to the fire, the government are discussing plans to increase fees further in 2016 to £11, 500. This may be the final push over the edge for students from deprived backgrounds. These incredibly high fees create a division within Britain and alienates the working class further. How can they progress in society without the qualifications and contacts that universities provide? How will the social class divide be eliminated if people from different races, religions and classes never meet in environments like university? With a majority of the working class being from ethnic minority backgrounds, universities lack diversity and the chance for these academic institutions themselves, to be educated.