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THE: ‘How high? 'Reasonable number' would accept fees hike’

More than half of students would be willing to pay university fees of £5,000 and one in five would be prepared to go as high as £10,000, a survey of tens of thousands of students suggests.

Opinionpanel Research asked 37,000 university students what price would be so low that it would make them doubt the quality of their courses, and what figure would be so high that they would rule out paying it.

More students were prepared to pay fees of £3,000 – approximately the current level – than any other sum.

But a report on the findings by Anna Vignoles, professor of economics of education at the Institute of Education, says the results also indicate that “a reasonable number” would be willing to pay higher fees, with demand remaining “substantial” even at £7,000.

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