Why savvy students might start to opt out of university | Sonia Sodha | Comment is free | The Observer
School’s out, and many 18-year-olds will be nervously awaiting A-level results, hoping for the grades they need for university. In recent decades university has burgeoned from something the elite did to something enjoyed by almost half of young people. Big hikes in tuition have not halted this trend.
But is going to university a middle-class rite of passage whose days are eventually numbered? As the university system expanded, it was inevitable students would have to pay more. Yet £9,000 a year seems expensive for comments back on a couple of essays a term, a few lectures a week, and some careers advice.