Chichester Uni says it wants to charge £8,500 fees next year

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THE UNIVERSITY of Chichester has announced plans to charge £8,500 tuition fees next year – just £500 short of the maximum allowed.

But it is claimed the average fee cost will be £7,500 once bursaries and support packages for 60 per cent of students – which will see the poorest owing lower fees of £6,000 – are taken into consideration.

Vice-chancellor Clive Behagg said: ‘The key to our success is the community feel of a small institution and this differentiates us from other, larger, providers.

‘Raising aspirations and providing value for money are deeply embedded into the mission and values of the university.

‘In these activities we offer something different and we punch above our weight.

‘We have set our fee level at a point that will enable us to continue this important mission.’

Chichester, which has dropped three places to be ranked 56 out of 116 in this year’s Complete University Guide, is proposing students with a household income of less than £25,000 should get £2,500 each year of their degree course as either a bursary or a fee waiver.

They are also offering students with a household income of between £25,001 and £42,000 a total of £1,000 each year.

The University of Portsmouth has already proposed tuition fees of £8,500.