Ending International Fee Disparity
Following a campaign from SUSU, the University have agreed to end their system of increasing fees for international students. This means that incoming international students will not face increases between each year of study… and will know what their degree costs them!
As part of our campaign around ending student poverty, SUSU has been working with the University to develop a model that means that there isn’t an increasing fee for our international students. This has been a long campaign working with Oli Coles and David Mendoza Wolfson.
The current system means that international students can face surprisingly high increases in their fee once they are already at Southampton. Our survey of 100 international students found that 50% had experienced an increase of over £1,000; with one student stating, “I probably wouldn’t have chosen Southampton uni if I knew how much they would increase the school fees by.” (You can see the full results of our Fee Survey Report here)
I’m very happy to say that after presenting at the University Executive Group meeting 2 weeks ago, they accepted our proposal, so for all students arriving from the 2015/16 year onwards, they will have fixed fees. This model doesn’t lose the University any money, as the fixed fee is calculated as an average of fees, however it means that each student has certainty over what their degree will cost them.
This change unfortunately can’t affect current students, however I will be working with the University to try and improve the communication about fees so that our current international students can better prepare for their increases.
This is a fantastic step forward for the University in terms of support of international students and a system that we can be very proud to hold – there are only a handful of other universities in the UK who have adopted this fixed fee system. Many thanks go to the University’s finance team for helping make this possible.
Cheers everyone for reading and if you have any questions about what this system means, feel free to comment below and I’ll do my best to answer.
David Gilani – Union President