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Students rap tax plan; pounds 3,000 Fees Fear.

STUDENT leaders in Liverpool have condemned plans for a graduate tax to fund their education. The government is expected to announce this week that maintenance grants, scrapped in 1997, will be reintroduced for students from low-income backgrounds. But a graduate tax of up to pounds 3,000 a year will have to be paid by all students, with a portion up-front and the rest through loans to be repaid after graduation. Hannah Charnock, president of Liverpool University's guild of students, said: ``We welcome the partial restoration of maintenance grants which should never have been taken away. ``But a graduate tax will mean many students will be worse off and people will choose courses based on cost.'' Students at the university pay pounds 1,100a term in advance fees but the new system could mean bigger tuition bills, and universities will be able to set charges up to a maximum of pounds 3,000.

John Moores University head of communications Janet Martin said: ``The most worrying thing for all universities is that students have enough time to study and aren't spending too much time working to earn money to live.''
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Date:Jan 13, 2003
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