Funding and debt
The cost of eduction is putting incresing financial strain on students and their families.
Key areas investigated by Futuretrack are:
- plans to fund higher education by age and socio-economic background
- expectation of debt by background, type of school, age and ethnic group
- anticipation of doing paid work during term-time.
Graph: where does the money come from?
Surprisingly, fewer than 20% expect to rely on loans and overdrafts to get through higher education. Will these expectations remain after Futuretrack Stages 2 and 3?
Graph: where will the money go?
- most students are concerned that their future debt will be a significant issue once they leave university
- socio-economic status makes no difference to students’ concerns
- those attending private schools are least to anticipate significant debts
- Scottish students are more likely to anticipate doing paid work to fund their studies – even though they are free from the burden of tuition fees.
Student quotes about funding and debt
“Although I know that I will not have to pay back the loan until I earn £15,000, it’s likely to come at a time when I may wish to take out a mortgage on a house etc. This worries me a great deal!” Female, Sciences, South East.
“I believe that higher education is a great opportunity for families like mine that are not particularly well-off and could definitely not fund me through university. Support and student loans are the reason why I am able to get a degree.” Female, Education, South East.
“Even though the finance may be quite a lot, you'll have your degree forever, which is priceless.” Male, Biology, East.
“Education should be free. It is embarrassing that other countries in Europe like France support their students - whereas students in England are made to feel ashamed, a waste of space, as if we do nothing all day.” Female, Medicine and Dentistry, London
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Read other sections of the Stage 1 summary
- Who's taking part
- Attitudes to higher eduction
- Career planning
- Choice making
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