The decision by the government to freeze the level of tuition fees has come under close attack by the National Union of Students (NUS). Although the level charged by universities choosing to charge the highest remains at £9,000 the NUS are concerned that many students simply cannot afford the cost of living as loans are unlikely to be increased.
There has been a lot of opposition with regard to the government's decision to raise tuition costs and this latest announcement has certainly done little to mend bridges with students looking to enter higher education. Although the timing of the decision was welcomed by the University and College Union (UCU) as Universities will now have more time to prepare for the changes, the government's ruling was shunned by the NUS leader, Liam Burns.
He said "Considering fees have just been tripled, freezing them at this moment in time is nothing to get excited about. We all know there are thousands of students struggling for money whilst they study."