just a thought or two. There is no evidence that students are deterred from going to university by the fees they have to pay. Or someone has to. At some point. In the UK it is largely class that deters people from higher education. University tuition fees should be whatever the market will stand, certainly way higher than they mostly are now, with restrictions on how the universities can spend them, so that there is always a commitment to research. I do not see why parents who have been paying many thousands a year in school fees should be subsidised thereafter. And there is nothing wrong with bursaries. And nothing wrong with governments subsidising the universities to teach socially useful subjects. Yes. Social engineering. Why not? Governments should do more of it. People will take on a financial commitment if they think there is something worthwhile to be had from it. If they think it is a good investment. You do not see many people in the UK unwilling to buy their home, and to go into serious debt to do it. You do not see many people unwilling to take on credit to buy a car, which is not socially useful and not a good financial investment, given that a car begins depreciating from the moment it is driven out of the showroom. People will do the same with their higher education. If they don't think it is financially worth it they won't do it. And what is wrong with that? It is a matter of delicious enjoyment to see so many LibDems squirming on this issue. You're in government now, matey boys. That can be hard to do sometimes. A lot harder than shouting from the safety of opposition.
Now stop being silly and get governing.