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University group says scholarship programme is unworkable

The Million+ university interest group has said that scholarship schemes designed to attract low-income students is unworkable.

The group says that the £150 million plan is unfair and might not even be effective in covering fees for students who qualify for its scholarships. Million+ officials have also said that the measure that would give one or two years of free tuition to students in the lowest income bracket may push fees even higher for other students.

The news comes ahead of Parliamentary voting this week could push tuition fees up to as much as £9,000 a year. The proposed measure has been the source of massive uproar from interest groups and university students. It is also accompanied by additional plans that would significantly cut university teaching funds.

The comments from Million+ came in a letter sent to David Willetts, the universities minister. The group’s chief executive, Pam Tatlow, said that despite the fact that the measures would affect students at universities across the UK, those students receiving free meals and tuition wouldn’t be evenly distributed among institutions.

Ms Tatlow went on to say that the programme would be most damaging to universities that make the greatest contributions to promoting social mobility. She added that under the plan, only universities with the fewest free meal students would be compensated with Government funding.

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