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A brief history of tuition fees in England
1998 - Labour introduce fees of £1000. There were exemptions for students whose family earned less than £23000 per year.
The student grant was abolished.
2001 - Labour election manifesto pledge that they will not introduce top-up fees.
2004 - Labour introduce top-up fees to increase annual fees to £3000.
April 2010 - 57 LibDem candidates sign pledges not to increase tuition fees.
May 2010 - LibDems join Tories to vote for increased fees up to £9000 per year.