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Call for 'first-in-family allowance' to cover year's tuition fees

One year’s free tuition would help allay fears about graduate debt, say thinktank’s authors

Students who are the first in their family to go to university should be given a year’s free tuition to allay fears about graduate debt and encourage them to continue into higher education, according to a report.

The authors want the government to introduce a “first-in-family allowance” which would cover tuition fees for the first year of an undergraduate degree – which normally costs £9,250 – for any student whose parents have not had tertiary education.

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