Education & Family

Vince Cable's proposals for graduate tax: Your response

People with university degrees in England may be asked to pay a graduate tax in future.

Business Secretary Vince Cable is suggesting the change to make England's student funding system fairer and more sustainable.

BBC News website readers have been sending in their reaction:

Natasha Thorley, Staffordshire

I graduated from my textile design course at university on Wednesday. I have graduated at a time that is incredibly difficult to find work, even part-time work.

This recent news is just another load on my already stressed mind. I'm looking for jobs outside of this country now because I am sick to death of hearing stories about people working hard to earn lots of money then it all getting taken away for ever increasing tax.

I just feel like the whole situation is not thought through properly. I have worked my way through university with a part-time job to feed myself and pay for the equipment needed to pass my course such as paints, paper, boards, dye and fabric. I only received a low student loan which was based on family income.

Yes, my dad has a well paid job, but his tax payments and cost of living are so high that he hasn't been able to afford to support me through university. Financially I have been a lot worse off than my friends who have received extra grants and benefits, as they come from a single parent or low income families.

It really is not a fair system. I don't think that punishing us for wanting to educate ourselves is going to help the country's financial problems.

Since the recession I have done nothing but worry about whether or not I can get a job in the area I want to be in, and now to think that even if I did, I might be better off financially in a job that doesn't require a degree.

Tom Merriman, Thame, Oxfordshire

Image caption Tom Merriman: "A graduate tax would be ludicrous"

As a current university student who has a further two years remaining of my degree, a rise in tuition fees to a proposed £7,000 a year, plus a graduate tax system will just simply be unfair, punishing and rather ludicrous.

It is a very worrying proposition by the new government, and if carried out, would inevitably wipe out at least one - maybe two - types of students - the lower and middle classes - from university.

Higher education would be exclusively for the wealthy, taking the whole education in this country back to the early 1980s. Where is the progression in that?

Tread carefully ConDems because this is a potentially dangerous area, which will affect so many.