Ritula Shah presents a special programme from King's College, London.
This year will see the first intake of students in England paying £9,000 a year for their university education.
What can they expect to get for their money? The government have said they want to promote social mobility. It also says it wants more "customer focus", more relevant degrees, more private providers and greater preparation for the jobs market and a university sector that helps UK PLC compete in the world - in the dog eat dog global economy.
So what does the future hold and will English universities serve their students, society and the economy effectively?