Belfast Telegraph

Nick Clegg deserves top marks in fees row

By Jane Graham

Many will never forgive Nick Clegg for breaking his promise to scrap tuition fees, but he's right to emphasise that no one should be put off university on the basis of a misplaced fear.

There's no question of less well-off students not being able to afford fees; the cash isn't an issue until students have graduated and found a job paying at least £21,000.

If you never get to that point, the debt is written off. It's crucial that university is never again the preserve of the middle and upper classes, and the notion that fees make it 'out of reach' for poorer folk must be roundly debunked.

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