'Students United Against Fees' is a campaign organised by a number of UK Students' Unions and 'exists to address the injustice and ensure students are compensated'. SUAF is organising a day of action on Thursday, 29th April.
Are you passionate about the issue and want to get involved? Sign the form here and join us on Thursday.
More info about the campaign here. Follow SUAF on Instagram and Twitter.
What are the aims of the campaign?
Our aim is to get compensation on tuition fees for all students enrolled at UK universities and to do so without bankrupting universities. This means we are seeking the Government to release funds directly to universities to be distributed among the student body.
Who is the campaign for?
This campaign is for every single student enrolled in a UK university. This includes all undergraduate students, taught postgraduates and postgraduate research students, home students and international students.
What is unique about this campaign?
We are seeking to build a coalition between students, unions and universities to demand support from the government for the sector and for fee compensation.
Who is behind the campaign?
The campaign began with LSE students demanding justice on their fees, and has grown to be organised by Sabbatical officers across the country.
Wouldn’t Universities go bankrupt if they offered refunds?
If we don’t take a sophisticated approach then, yes, universities could go bankrupt in the process of refunding students. That is why our attention is focused on getting the Government to release funding to compensate students. Universities should not face the burden of financially compensating students.
Why should we ever pay fees?
We don’t think you should! The student movement is committed to free and liberated education, where funding Higher Education comes from the government, not saddling students with decades of debt.
Through this campaign, we can send a powerful message that our system of Higher Education desperately needs reform, both to address the issues caused by COVID-19 in the short term and deal with the structural inequalities perpetuated by marketisation in the longer term.
I pay my fees through a loan. How would a refund work for me?
We believe that a refund should put money in your pockets. This is why we are calling for the Government to release funds directly to universities and then straight to students. Only the highest-earning 4% of graduates end up paying off their loans in full, so debt write-offs alone would only end up impacting the most well-off students, having little benefits for the vast majority.
I’m an international student. How will financial compensation work for me?
We believe international students deserve financial compensation as well so we are campaigning for the government to financially compensate every student, home or international!
How can I get involved?
Make sure you sign up to the campaign here to stay up to date with the actions we are planning. And check out our ‘Get Involved’ page. As a campaign we need to be steered by students too, so get in touch if you have ideas about how we can do better as a campaign, and check out our events calendar too.
When were tuition fees introduced in the UK?
Tuition fees were first introduced in the UK in 1998 and then progressively increased, shifting the responsibility of paying for Higher Education more and more onto the student. Charging students for tuition fees is a political choice that was made in 1998, and that can be reversed by the government in 2021.
Surely our aims are too unachievable?
Right now students are being screwed over by having to pay full fees for an experience that is far from ‘full’. As members of the student movement, we have a responsibility to make our case as strongly as possible, joining together to get justice on our fees. If we can succeed in joining forces with universities to demand better from the Government, then there is nothing that can stop us.
Is this Campaign linked to NUS?
We are not officially linked to NUS.