The University of Cumbria plans to charge tuition fees of £8,400 a year from September 2012.
This is lower than the maximum amount of £9,000, which will be charged by Lancaster University.
University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor Graham Upton said: “The student experience remains at the forefront of all the university’s planning and budgeting. The drive to offer high quality resources to match the already high level of teaching is fundamental to the decision that has been taken. Setting our tuition fee at £8,400 is necessary if we are to offset the Government’s decision to cut our teaching grant and are to be able to invest in facilities and accommodation, as well as learning and teaching resources, to enhance and support the overall quality of the student experience.
“It will also enable us to build on our strong commitment to and current widening participation activity in order to encourage able students from less advantaged backgrounds to embark on a degree. In addition, we are developing a range of financial support packages to ensure no student is deterred from enrolling at the University of Cumbria purely on financial grounds, but instead can take advantage of the life and career enhancing opportunities that we are proud to provide.”
The planned rises are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access, set up to ensure that students from poorer families can still get a university education.