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Four in 10 students don’t think their degree was worth the money, survey finds

Four out of 10 students do not believe their course has been good value for money, while over half would not take their course again if given the option, a study has found.

The survey of 1,004 final year undergraduates by ComRes, found that a startling number of students expressed dissatisfaction when given the opportunity to evaluate whether their course had been worth the amount of money they spent.

Carried out between the 1-7 May, the survey focused on undergraduates completing their courses in 2015, the first year to pay the higher tuition fees of £9,000 per year.

Tellingly, over half of the students surveyed would either opt to change universities to complete their course or would change course entirely, if they had their time again. Another 3 per cent said that they would not go at all.

“What I would like to see is universities telling their students exactly where their money is going,” Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute told the BBC.

Universities “don’t have much more money,” due to cuts to government funding, but because of the increase in tuition fees, “students are more demanding,” Mr Hillman added.


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