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Prevent Elitism: Stop Universities Charging Students Just To Apply

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This includes stopping application fees and other charges before student finance loans are provided.


I recently applied for an MA at UCL. I was shocked to discover I needed to pay £75 to apply. No other university has charged me to apply (that is, Kingston University, Nottingham University and Derby University).

Luckily, I was able to find the funds. Others might not be able to. 

Why should people be excluded from education on the basis of finances?

Coming from the North of England, I am unsure if living in London is even affordable to me in the first place - especially since I am so far in debt already from my current undergraduate degree.

Why are students being punished financially to educate themselves to add value to industries and the economy? Why does UCL feel the need to incur extra costs?

There are already so many problems of exclusion from education and therefore career opportunities based on geographical location, personal finances, gender, race and so on and so on. I do not feel this is necessary. 

Is 9 grand a year for an undergraduate degree not enough already? In this case, it was an MA I applied for which would cost around 6 grand a year... are they trying to make up the cost? Other universities seem to manage without adding the extra cost. 

Unfortunately, the MA I am applying to is for Publishing - which is already a very exclusive industry to the southern white middle class. I call for publishers, business professionals of all kinds, students, and other universities to speak out against this admin fee.

It may seem like a small issue to some of us, but not to many struggling with financial difficulty. 

Cheers for reading. Let me know your thoughts on the matter.

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