“We now have one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world,” she said at a college in the northern English city of Derby, adding that she shared the concerns of students and their carers.
Her pitch was aimed at the opposition Labour Party, which won over young voters by promising to get rid of student fees, says a Reuters report.
Labour’s shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, reiterated that Labour will scrap tuition fees.
“Labour will abolish tuition fees, bring back maintenance grants and provide free, lifelong education in further education colleges,” she said.
May’s predecessor David Cameron, a fellow Conservative, tripled the cost of tuition for students from England and Wales to 9,000 pounds a year ($16,546), higher than the fees other EU countries charge their citizens.
In 2016, the government also phased out all grants to help poorer students with living costs, replacing them with loans.