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Pupils must know if there is to be a tuition fee increase.

Pupils must know if there is to be a tuition fee increase.

Head teachers say that applicants to university in England must be told "as soon as possible" how much they will pay in tuition fees in autumn 2018.

But the Department for Education says it has still to confirm whether an increase will go ahead.

The first deadline for applications for next year is next month - but ministers have not yet decided whether to raise fees to above £9,500.

University websites tell applicants that fees have yet to be decided.

The tuition fee level will be decided "by autumn 2017, before the majority of students have applied for a University place for 2018-19", said a Department for Education spokesman on Wednesday.


This is likely to fuel speculation that the government is considering whether or not to press ahead with the increase.

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