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  1. Christine Alsford

Families call for rethink as students face record tuition fees and "unfair" spiralling debt

Thousands of students are starting the new university year facing the highest tuition fees ever - £9,250 a year - plus interest rate charges of 6.1 per cent on their loans.

The government says the system is fair and progressive and has allowed more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to go on to higher education.

But our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford found growing discontent among undergraduates and their parents when she met those preparing to start degrees at the University of Portsmouth.

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