The prime minister dismissed a protest that solely wealthy youngsters will be capable of afford to check overseas in future by insisting no EU nation might match the requirements on supply at residence.
EU nations are anticipated to hike their charges for UK college students if – as a leak revealed last weekend – the federal government presses forward with scrapping limits on fees for EU students on this nation.
Requested if she feared home college students would then be “priced out of learning at universities in different EU nations”, Ms Could replied: “Whereas there are college students from the UK who select to go and research at universities elsewhere, we’re very lucky in the UK in having numerous our universities which might be truly within the 20 of universities on the earth.
“I’m fairly sure, for the highest 10, we’re the one EU nation that does have universities in that class. We now have wonderful universities right here in the UK.”
However Rachel Reeves, a Labour MP, protested: “I don’t wish to see a state of affairs the place solely youngsters from better-off households – both from the EU or from this nation – are capable of entry the colleges of their alternative.”
She demanded to understand how the plan would “assist to sort out the injustices you’ve got spoken about so passionately?”.
Giving proof to a committee of MPs, Ms Could didn’t deny the plan to drive EU college students to pay full worldwide charges, from the autumn of subsequent yr.
As an alternative of £9,250 a yr, they might face the unregulated annual fees of as much as £38,000 confronted by different abroad college students – and now not be eligible for loans to cushion the blow.