The move to increase university tuition fees in England to £9,250 has been launched – without any announcement from the Department for Education.
The changes to the fees, affecting more than 500,000 students beginning in the autumn, was put onto a government website last week.
Opposition parties have called it “shabby” and “avoiding scrutiny”.
The Department for Education has rejected suggestions it wanted to deflect attention from the increase.
Tuition fees in England have been fixed at £9,000 since 2012 – but the government wants to allow fees to increase each year with inflation, with an initial increase to £9,250 from the autumn.
MPs wanting to scrutinise the plans had been waiting for the government to publish its bid to increase fees.