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12 July 2011, 06:33
46 universities will charge the maximum £9,000 for their undergraduate courses from 2012.
According to Government figures, more than a third of English universities have been granted permission to charge the highest possible fees.
In the East Midlands, the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University are looking at charging the maximum.
It means students starting degree courses from next year face average tuition costs of almost £8,500.
'Hardly a shock'
Liam Burns, the president of the National Union of Students, says he's not surprised:
"It's hardly a shock that if you're going say to Vice Chancellor's 'we want to introduce a free market' they're going to do anything else but race to the top.
"We warned from the word 'go' that that would be the outcome."
Nichola Dandridge from Universities UK says students need to look at the bigger picture:
"This issue about tuition fees, which we've got to try and communicate what the system is and how students are not disadvantaged financially but also we've got to deal with this issue of how we can raise aspiration.
"We've got to reach out to all schools to encourage all students with potential."
Tuition Fees in the East Midlands
|Institution Name||Estimated Average Fee||Estimated Average Fee After Fee Waivers|
|De Montfort University||8,739||8,619|
|University of Derby||7,336||7,159|
|University of Leicester||9,000||8,433|
|University of Nottingham||9,000||8,770|
|Nottingham Trent University||8,426||8,252|