But How Many Foreigners Are Doing Creative Arts And Grievance Studies?

Around and about half of student loans are never repaid, meaning that the taxpayer – you and me – picks up the bill. This isn’t a sensible manner of funding the universities but it is the one we’ve got. A justification is offered for this.

First though, some degrees have very much lower repayment rates than others:

Degrees in “creative arts” subjects – which includes Music, Drama, Fine Art and Design Studies – are the most costly to the taxpayer since so few alumni earn enough money to pay back their student loan in full. Of the £9 billion that the government spends on higher education each year, more than £1 billion is on creative arts courses alone, where three-quarters of the total amount dished out in loans is picked up by the taxpayer. Economics degrees are the least costly to the public purse, with each one costing an average of £11,000 to the taxpayer, with just a quarter of the loans written off.

Undoubtedly if we looked at grievance studies – sociology and moving left from there – we’d find even worse repayment rates.

Which is where part of our problem is. The aim of having students pay the costs of their education was so that students would choose something that it was worth their being educated in. Make them spend their own money – even if borrowed – on themselves and we should gain better decision making. A big break on repayment for bad decisions doesn’t quite do that. We might suggest lowering the repayment limit to the minimum wage to change that.

But here’s the justification on offer:

Chris Skidmore, the universities minister, said he believed universities were a good investment for tax payer. Speaking at the Festival of Higher Education at Buckingham University he said: “Ultimately it is good value for money. Look at what international students are willing to pay – far more for their degree in the UK – because they know they are getting world class education.

Ah, but how many of those foreigners are paying for arts degrees and grievance studies? Whatever the difference is between their choices and those of the indigenes – I’ll bet heavily that it’s substantial – is exactly the misallocation of resources caused by the luvvies and whiners not having to pay the cost of their own educations.

That allocation of students to courses revealed by the foreigners having to carry full freight themselves is exactly what reveals to us what the correct mixture of courses should be.

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Undoubtedly if we looked at grievance studies – sociology and moving left from there – we’d find even worse repayment rates…. I think it’s a shame that sociology has such a poor reputation. To my mind, a lot of what is wrong in the world can be traced to social pressures and the way humans behave as part of a society, and so knowing something about these would seem to be very valuable. One might almost thing that because the left wing knew that they needed to use social tricks and lies on a grand scale to succeed in overthrowing… Read more »

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In addition the UK extends approx 500m in student ‘loans’ each year to EU citizens who will of course pay it back through the UK tax system. Yeah right.

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Student fees were introduced with the argument that students should pay for what they benefit from – yet all the screaming has been how difficult is it for ***PARENTS**** to pay their sprogs’ fees. My neighbour’s son is 17 and my neighbour is worrying how he – the father – is going to pay the uni fees. IT’S NOT YOUR BILL, IT’S YOUR SON’S BILL!!!!