I'm not sure where the figures for the average debt for a student this year came from...
In my experience it's a minimum of 9 grand in tuition fees for the 3 years
Then there's the loan for eating/sleeping/drinking (which most people take out), which is a minimum of £3300 based on income, being about another 10 grand.
by the time you add interest and inflation to these over 3 years you're at about 20 grand owed.
i find it quite hard to believe that there are that many parents around who will fund their kids through uni to drag this average down to the £15000 stated in the article.