Letter: Fees for students

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THE letter from Diana Warwick (23 March) demonstrates, perhaps unintentionally, just how unfair and poorly thought-out the new system of higher education funding will be. Repayments on a loan will indeed depend on the graduate's personal circumstances - but the amount to be repaid will depend on the parents' income.

How can it possibly be acceptable that two colleagues in their thirties, with the same income, may be paying very different loan repayments because of their parents' relative prosperity 15 years earlier?

IAN JOHNSTON

College Lecturer in Engineering Science

Brasenose College, Oxford

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