Tuition Fees (Postgraduate)

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-02-23

All postgraduates whose fees are not paid for by sponsors should be entitled to an index-linked income-contingent loan to cover the costs of tuition fees, in preference to no funding.

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-02-23

Institutions should not increase tuition fees for courses that are both postgraduate in time and level (but not including vocational courses such as the MBA). The Government should introduce effective legislation to stop institutions increasing tuition fees and phase out existing differential fees. If this is not forthcoming, loans for postgraduates should cover the cost of the increased fees.

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-02-23

Institutions should not charge for additional academic costs on top of tuition fees. If institutions will not stop charging additional costs, they must clearly state to prospective students all costs that students will have to pay during their course. The Government should introduce and enforce effective anti-hidden course costs legislation at postgraduate level.

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-05-25

NPC's policy on premium fees and hidden course costs should apply to both part-time and full-time postgraduates. Some postgraduates (such as lone parents) study part-time because full-time study is impractical.
The Research Councils/AHRB should relax their rules against funding part-time postgraduates when there is a good reason why an individual would be better suited to part-time work.

Policy passed at the Annual General Meeting on 2005-08-13

That with English undergraduate fees being increased to 3,000 a year, many Universities may expect the market to tolerate increases in postgraduate fees. As a result the need for a comprehensive and fair system of postgraduate financial support is becoming more and more acute. It is a disgrace that whilst accepting the case for deferred undergraduate fees, the Government has taken no action to address the greater burden of up-front postgraduate fees. At the very least, postgraduate fees should be deferred using the same formula as that for undergraduate fees, for those not in receipt of Research Council or similar funding. Living expenses form the majority of the financial burden of most postgraduates, and as with undergraduates, low-interest loans should be made available to meet these costs for those without Research Council or similar funding.