Students: Fees and Charges

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the average tuition fees charged by state-funded universities in each other EU member state.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The Department does not hold any information for benchmarking purposes on the average tuition fees charged by state-funded universities in each EU member state other than the UK.

However, the Department recently published a study which it had commissioned to build the evidence base for the Browne review which contained information on the tuition fees charged in a number of EU and other countries. The study entitled "Review of Student Support Arrangements in Other Countries" by London Economics was published in September 2010:

http://www.bis.gov.Uk/assets/biscore/corporate/docs/r/10-670-review-student-support-in-other-countries.pdf

Further information on the contributions for tertiary education made by individuals and Government are published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), most recently in their Education at a Glance 2010 publication.

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