Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Youth Unsure of University Cost-Benefit Analysis: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Youth Unsure of University Cost-Benefit Analysis: News

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More than two-thirds of secondary school pupils in England and Wales have major reservations about the cost of going to university, a poll has found.

A survey of more than 2,500 11- to 16-year-olds carried out for the Sutton Trust reveals that although 86 per cent believe that attending university will help them "get on in life", 65 per cent have significant concerns about the financial implications.

Tuition fees are the main obstacle: 28 per cent of those worried about finances say they are the chief concern, even though undergraduates do not have to pay them up front.

Some 19 per cent are most worried about living costs, while 18 per cent fear the implications of a lack of income while studying.

Only 7 per cent are unconcerned about the costs of university.

The survey found that 23 per cent of students from the least affluent families cite finance as their biggest consideration when deciding whether to attend university, compared with 14 per cent among their wealthiest peers.

The survey also reveals that a higher proportion of black and minority ethnic students than white students say they are very likely to go to university (49 per cent compared with 35 per cent). …

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