Tuition fees not the cause of inequality

January 29, 2016

Getting rid of tuition fees is not the way to deal with inequality, writes Martin Robbins of The Guardian. “The evidence shows that if you want to invest ten billion [pounds] reducing inequality, the university system is about the worst place you can possibly put it.” Robbins writes that despite the belief that high tuition fees favour the rich, “students are more likely to apply for university, poorer students are more likely to apply for university, and the inequality gap—while still a problem—has closed.” Instead, Robbins argues that inequality between children sets in between 7-11 and 14-16 years of age, and thus recommends putting money into the secondary school system instead of the postsecondary system. The Guardian