In the UK the crisis is felt too. One thing that happened is that universities will get less governmental support. And they'll need to get money from somewhere, so they're forced to increase the student fees. Massively. And the students are not amused. And they made sure it did not go unnoticed they were not amused. They took to the streets of London and ran amok. The iconic picture of this event is that of a (supposed) student kicking in a window. I'm not entirely sure how a broken window will lower university fees, but that's beside the point. So the students think it should be somebody else, not them, who takes the blow of the financial situation. Are they right?
Source: BBC (evidently)
What is useful to know here is that quite some students may have voted Lib Dem. And Lib Dem promised to abolish tuition fees. And now they are trebling them. That is reason for feeling let down if you voted for them; especially if that specific promise had a hand in convincing you to vote such. But well, welcome to coalition politics: if your party doesn't get an absolute majority you know it will have to compromise. Sucks too, but again, that's how it works.
Another relevant piece of information is that these fees won't have to be paid beforehand. You pay them back after graduation. And you don't pay more per month than you can afford. And if it would so happen you never end up affording any of it the whole debt is annulled. So they protest against costs of which there is a guarantee they'll be able to pay them. And quite a lot of these kids will end up in jobs that allow them to pay back in a whiffy and lead a very comfortable life. So should they demand this will not happen, and it will be the other taxpayers who instead pay their fees? I think I can safely assume that counts as a rhetorical question...
So does that opinion make me a right wing bastard? Or a smug hypocrite who studied well before student fees went up (though, of course, UK fees had no bearing on my life whatsoever), and who was lavishly supported by daddy? Well maybe. But if so I'm not ashamed of it!