UK students will pay the full £9,250 annual tuition fee even if universities are still closed in the autumn, the universities minister, Michelle Donelan said yesterday.\r\n“We don\u0027t believe students will be entitled to reimbursement if the quality is there,” Donelan told The Times yesterday.\r\n“We have already seen over the last few months courses being delivered online and virtually, and to an amazing quality.”\r\nShe tweeted: “To be clear, we only expect full tuition fees to be charged if online courses are of good quality, fit for purpose and help students progress towards their qualification.”\r\nStudent reactions\r\nA recent QS survey revealed that 75 percent of students think tuition fees should be discounted if they have to study online because of the coronavirus pandemic.\r\nSeveral students took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the decision announced today to continue to charge students the full amount. Students have actually been forgotten about in all this. First the weeks of strikes and now coronavirus! We have not had much face to face teaching\u0026mdash; sofia (@sofiaantt) May 3, 2020 So theoretically, we pay £9.25k for an online course where access to campus and other facilities is just ‘an added bonus’? I dont think so\u0026mdash; Kayleigh (@kayleighmurray_) May 4, 2020 This decision comes after a petition was signed by nearly 135,000 students demanding that UK students reimburse students for this academic year following strike action.\r\nThe government’s university support package\r\nThe UK Government also announced a support package yesterday to help ‘protect students and the higher education sector from the impact of coronavirus.’\r\nEducation Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We are committed to supporting our world-class universities and students through this unprecedented challenging time. So, we are putting measures in place to help protect students and staff from the impact of coronavirus.”\r\nHere’s what the government have said:\r\n\r\nThere will be a cap on the number of domestic and international students in the 2020/21 academic year. 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