I've come across the phrase below and I don't understand it's meaning:

Let me worry about the fees.

So, Coud you please explain it to me?

The main text is here:

At my next supervision, Professor Steinberg said that when I applied for graduate school, he would make sure I was accepted to whatever institution I chose. “Have you visited Harvard?” he said. “Or perhaps you prefer Cambridge?”
[...] “I can’t go,” I said. “I can’t pay the fees.” “Let me worry about the fees,” Professor Steinberg said.

Educated by Tara Westover

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    It means "don't think about the cost, I will pay, but how I will pay need not be your concern." The word "worry" could mean that the speaker might have difficulty paying, but will find a way. That is not the student's concern, who certainly cannot pay the fees. Jun 10, 2018 at 18:45
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    It's a euphemism for: I will take care of the money issues.
    – Lambie
    Jun 10, 2018 at 18:54
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    @WeatherVane - What you said is true, but I believe this expression is typically used when the speaker won't have any trouble paying. It's just a polite reply that essentially means, "Don't worry; I'll pay."
    – J.R.
    Jun 10, 2018 at 19:55

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The narrator is worried that she won't be able to afford the cost of a post-graduate degree. Professor Steinberg is offering to pay her fees or otherwise fund her education. He means "You don't need to worry about the fees. I will sort that out."

Either the professor will pay her fees, or he will use his influence and connections to find a sponsor or a grant.

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