North Lindsey College fees in Scunthorpe set to rise by £1,000 in next two years
Tuition fees will increase by £1,000 in the next two years at North Lindsey College.
The university centre, in Scunthorpe, will increase its current fee for bachelor programmes from £5,475 to £5,910 in 2013 and £6,600 in 2014.
This year the campus has more than 1,000 students for the first time in its 20-year history, despite increasing its fees from £1,800 last year.
The site is now also able to offer full three-year courses to some students for the first time.
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Previously students have completed two years of their degree in Scunthorpe and travelled to Lincoln for their final year
But sixth form students have mixed feelings about studying a university course in Scunthorpe.
Stacey Wray, 17, a second year student at North Lindsey, said: "Going to college in Scunthorpe is more convenient than having to study further away. It means you don't have to move away from home. It also helps to save on accommodation costs."
Fellow second year student Lewis McMillan, 17, said: "I would much rather owe less money after finishing university, because the debt just builds up.
"I can understand why some people move away because they want a change, but owing a smaller amount back would be loads better."
Steph Webb, 20, is a second year student at John Leggott College, on West Common Lane in Scunthorpe. She said: "The worry for some students is that the range of courses is not as big as other universities.
"There is also the feeling that you want to get away once you have finished sixth form. A cheaper course would suit people who want to avoid too much debt but I don't think it will make the biggest difference. If people want to do a course enough then they won't worry about the money, because they are investing in their future."
First year student at John Leggott, Aimee Sowerby, 18, added: "Studying a university course in Scunthorpe sounds like a good idea, because a lot of people will be reluctant to leave home. It would also make the fees easier to pay back in the long run because the course would not be as expensive."
Lewis Dawson, 18, is a second year student at John Leggott College. He said: "Some people will want to be independent and move away, because staying closer to home can lead to being too reliant on your parents."
Higher Education students currently at North Lindsey have praised the college since starting.
Alex Bower, 18, is in his first year studying a foundation degree in sport. He said: "The lower fees were definitely an attraction for me.
"Doing four years of study you are looking at debt near £60,000 in a lot of places. At North Lindsey it is only in the region of £20,000. The difference is astronomical."
Rachel Weaver, 31, is in her first year of a degree in biosciences. She said: "I wanted to come here because I couldn't commit to studying too far away from my family. I don't have to go too far and you get a lot for your money."
Students starting undergraduate courses at the University of Lincoln, University of Hull and University of Sheffield will pay £9,000 tuition fees per year.
Maxina Butler-Holmes, director of Higher Education at North Lindsey College, said: "We are committed to a marginal fee increase to cover the lack of teaching grants being given out. We have had an additional 100 students this year and have taken on nine new subject specific teachers."