IT'S the start of a new term, and as hordes of children return to school, spare a thought for our students heading off to college and university.
Saddled with tuition fees and student loans, they'll also have to cough up £135 for a TV licence too.
It's an issue that has brought some sharp comments around the newsroom, with tales of TV inspectors raiding halls of residence in their hunt to track down the licence dodgers.
For many parents it's an additional cost they'll have to bear.
The licence issue even extends to computers capable of receiving TV programmes.
It means that in a house with separate accommodation for students, each one will need a licence for their TV whilst in a normal household, one licence covers any number of sets.
Some might say that, in relation to what a student may spend on alcohol in a year, £135 isn't that much, but it's another burden on youngsters most of whom will be graduating with debts of tens of thousands of pounds.
And if that wasn't enough, it's not as if most of the programmes are worth watching anyway.