The University has confirmed that it will charge £9,000 in tuition fees from October 2012, joining the majority of elite universities across the country.
The decision was made by University Council today and will come into force for the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year for new students.
Juliette Thorns, a Linguistics student, commented: “I suppose it makes sense. If York didn’t set the maximum fees like other universities it would send out the wrong message.”
The University has said that it will “introduce a comprehensive package of measures” to try and prevent the higher fee from deterring any prospective students and will invest in enhancing the quality of the teaching and student experience at York.
Brian Cantor, University Vice–Chancellor, stated: “The measures approved today will maintain the University of York as an institution of the highest quality. The University of York is committed to four key objectives – excellence, internationalisation, sustainability and inclusivity.
One second-year History student said that: “I think York had to set it at £9,000 and I was fully expecting it to. Most universities have gone this way as well, so it wasn’t surprising.”
York delayed its decision because of the uncertainty over the government’s white paper on Higher Education; however it had been expected that the University would join similar institutions and charge the full amount.
So far all universities in the 1994 group, of which York is a member, have declared they will be charging the top fees and everyone but LSE in the Russell Group will be making students pay £9,000.
Cantor added that: “We shall continue to invest in providing the best possible experience for our students. We will ensure that York continues to attract and support students from a diverse range of backgrounds and that anyone who has the ability to benefit from a York education can do so regardless of their financial circumstances.”
The University and College Union (UCU) have estimated that the amount required to maintain current levels of resource at the University is only £6,360 which means that there will be an anticipated windfall of between £25 and 30million extra to spend.
As a consequence, York Sport membership is becoming free and ideas to increase value for money include: making all printing on campus free; giving all books required for their course for free; and even being given a laptop free of charge for prospective students.