In news from the UK, a rise in university applications is putting extra pressure on the student finance system there. Many students will not find out what support they will get until the last minute, and some students could start their courses without having the money to pay for tuition fees and living costs.
In spite of this, the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) says that this year there has been a 23 per cent rise in the number of people applying to go to university. On average, fourteen students are applying for every available university place.
So even in the developed world, there is a growing divide between the demand for university education and the funding available. The response to this challenge is to provide creative solutions – using new methods such as online teaching and tuition-free learning – to reduce the cost of education and increase ways for people to have access to education. This is the mission of the University of the People.
Read more in Times Higher Education