A more localised system with less academic selection might be better and cheaper
Is it worth it? That’s the question many young people starting university this autumn have to grapple with, in a way previous generations haven’t. Young people now graduate with an average debt of more than £50,000, which three quarters of them will never pay off. So the vast majority will spend most of their working lives effectively paying an extra 9p of income tax for every pound they earn over £21,000.
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