Tuition fees in England are under intense scrutiny – with a huge amount of confusion about what is going to happen next.
They’re meant to be increased even further – but there is a feeding frenzy of briefings suggesting that they are more likely to be reduced.
It’s a case of the politics of a minority government – and competing power bases – becoming more important than policy.
No one wants to be left holding an unpopular policy when the music stops – and Downing Street and the Treasury, as well as education ministers, will want a fee system that is more attractive to voters.
So what are the options?
1) Carry on regardless.
2) Lower fees
3) Lower the interest rates
4) Raise the repayment threshold
5) Scrap the whole thing and start again
For more details about the five options please click here