University tuition fees in England should be means-tested to allow students from poorer homes to pay less, an education charity has urged. This is from the BBC…
Two-thirds (65%) of 11 to 16-year-olds polled for the Sutton Trust voiced concerns about university costs.
While an average 17% said cost was crucial in deciding whether or not to do a degree, this rose to 23% among those from poorer families.
The government said it was improving information on student finance issues.
In total, 86% of 2,595 teenagers at state schools in England and Wales said they believed going to university was important in “helping people do well and get on in life”, with 81% saying they were likely to go to university when they were older. Of the teenagers polled for the Sutton Trust by Ipsos Mori, 67% said exam results were the most important factor when deciding whether to do a degree.
And 28% rated tuition fees as their biggest source of financial concern – for 19% it was the cost of student living, while 18% pinpointed not being able to earn while they were studying as the main problem.
Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “It is clear from this poll that many young people remain worried about the cost of higher education.
“Graduates face debts of over £40,000 with the higher fees and many will be paying for their university studies into their 50s.
“While there may have been some uplift in university applications this year, student numbers are not yet back to 2010 levels.
“We are urging the government to means-test university fees, as used to be the case, so that those from low- and middle-income families pay less for tuition.”
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