STUDENTS will be hit hard in the pocket after the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) confirmed yesterday it will charge the maximum £9,000 tuition fees.
UCLan vice chancellor Malcolm McVicar announced the news to all students at the university in an email.
He said UCLan could only continue to offer a “superlative education” if they increased tuition fees to replace cash lost through state funding cuts.
But Blackpool and The Fylde College student president Tyrone Wassell, 17, slammed the decision
He said: “It’s very bad news. The university is popular with many students from the college and an already daunting prospect of going into higher education from a deprived area such as Blackpool will be worse.
“They have their reasons for doing this but are taking the micky – it puts David Cameron’s Big Society into perspective when they are charging this amount of money to people from underprivileged backgrounds.”
With more than 30,000 students enrolled on its courses, UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities.
In February, the vice- chancellor, told a meeting of 500 staff: “Radical change is needed if we are going to survive.”
Lancaster University, which accredits degree courses at Blackpool and The Fylde College, recently announced it too would charge the maximum fee.
Coun Peter Collins, cabinet member for children and young people’s services at Blackpool Council, added: “I’m not surprised about the rise in fees. It’s in line with a lot of other universities in the country.
“We hope it doesn’t put students off from going to UCLan or Lancaster, it isn’t ideal, but with many of them being nearby they can still commute easily.
“It wasn’t a shock to me and they have a target in mind to combat the state funding they have lost.”