[quote="Fallen_Horse"]I know you kids aren't happy with paying tuition at all, but I doubt it's as bad as we have it!
Yes it is. We currently have underfunded universities and tuition fees. Now we'll have underfunded universities with high tuition fees.
At the moment, students pay around £3,300 (I don't have the exact figure to hand) per year full time and £1,600 per year part time, not to mention the cost of travel and textbooks. With caps gone and Govt funding cut right back, the most popular universities like UCL and Manchester will be free to price out the poorest students and education institutions will have to behave more and more like businesses.
We'll end up with a two-tier education system, rather than the relative melting pot we have now. I know people from wealthy (by my standards, as in their parents are doctors and lawyers) backgrounds who got into ethical issues and social justice after meeting people from a wide range of backgrounds at uni. Before then, they'd only ever really mixed with other rich kids.
The "old boys' network" is likely to come back with a vengeance, as people stay in class-based social ghettos like they did in Victorian times, with people from privileged backgrounds having no encouragement to make friends from across the social strata.
Scotland has had free university education for some time, yet their universities are world class and highly respected, so I don't buy the whole Govt argument that "It has to be like this."
I can only see the brain drain getting worse over time, as it becomes harder and harder to recruit teachers, scientists and engineers.