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    Independent Commission on Fees urges Office for Budget Responsibility to investigate whether student loans system is ‘value for money’

    The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is being urged to launch an investigation into the current student loan system to find out whether it provides value for money for both students and taxpayers.












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    Degrees ‘will cost £6,000 more’ after George Osborne freezes the threshold for student loan repayment in Budget

    The cost of obtaining a university degree will rise by £6,000 for middle-earners due to the salary level at which graduates have to start paying back their student loans being frozen in the Budget, according to a new analysis.












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    Cost of some degrees ‘will rise by £6,000′ after George Osborne freezes the threshold for student loan repayment in Budget

    The cost of obtaining a university degree will rise by £6,000 for middle-earners due to the salary level at which graduates have to start paying back their student loans being frozen in the Budget, according to a new analysis.












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    Budget 2015: Universities will be allowed to raise fees beyond £9,000, says George Osborne

    Universities will be able to raise fees from their record level of £9,000 a year, the Chancellor has declared.












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    Budget 2015: Maintenance grants for poorer students ‘to be scrapped’ in next round of cuts

    Maintenance grants for university students from low-income families will be scrapped and converted into loans in the Government’s next round of spending cuts.












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    Budget 2015: Maintenance grants for poorer students to be scrapped in next round of cuts

    Maintenance grants for university students from low-income families will be scrapped and converted into loans in the Government’s next round of spending cuts.












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    Budget cuts are blighting pupils’ prospects, say headteachers

    Children’s prospects could be blighted permanently as politicians squeeze school funding to focus on deficit reduction rather than giving pupils a broad and enriching education, the head of the secondary headteachers’ union has warned.









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    Headteachers warn of job losses as schools face budget crisis

    Schools will have to sack teachers, increase class sizes and drop subjects from the curriculum in the new year because of a squeeze on budgets, head teachers are warning. They predict a “perfect storm”, not of their making.









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    Exclusive: Sixth-form colleges face closure because of deep budget cuts, with courses in languages, maths and science also being chopped

    Sixth form colleges are under threat with several facing closure this year because of deep cuts to their budgets, claims a new study by the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA). A survey of England’s 93 sixth form colleges reveals that more than one in three colleges have already had to axe their language courses – while more than one in five have scrapped courses in the Stem science and maths subjects.









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    Michael Gove accused of ‘lunacy’ in £400m free schools budget row

    Coalition relations threatened to deteriorate to an all-time low yesterday after Michael Gove was accused of diverting £400m of essential classroom funding to plug a hole in his free schools project.



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