Fees cut for uni students

A UNIVERSITY has lowered its tuition fees to give under graduates up to a £1,000 discount and to take advantage of extra student places.

Teesside University is one of 24 universities in England, along with a further education college, to have had plans to lower fees approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Students at Teesside will now pay on average £7,290 a year, which includes fee waivers.

It comes just weeks before the application deadline for 2012, and means those who have already applied could now find their fees have changed.

Plans to triple fees to a maximum of £9,000 were approved by MPs in December 2010.

Universities planning to charge more than £6,000 had to submit “access agreements” to OFFA setting out how they planned to support students and ensure those from poorer homes were not priced out.

But in a White Paper published this summer, after institutions had submitted their agreements, ministers announced that universities who charged average fees of £7,500 or lower would be able to bid for a share of 20,000 so-called “core and margin” places.