Students have held a demonstration in Cornwall against plans to allow universities in England to charge tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year.
About 80 students gathered at Lemon Quay, Truro as thousands of others from around the country marched in London.
The government is proposing that tuition fees should rise from 2012.
The plan is for a lower cap at £6,000, with universities able to charge up to £9,000 - triple the current cap.
Among those protesting was Lisa Camps, 22, from Truro College, who said she expected to be about £30,000 in debt when she completes a degree.
But she said she feared that could soar to £50,000 under the planned changes.
She said: "It's very scary and it's going to put people off going to higher education.
"I know a lot of people that have put university on hold because they cannot entertain the idea of being that much in debt."