ERIC Number: ED263835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Grants Versus Loans: Recent Proposals for Change in Student Aid Policy in Great Britain.
Recent attempts of the British government to shift its student aid programs from grants to loans are discussed, along with parallels between developments in student aid policy in both Britain and the United States. Great Britain's higher education structure, access to education, and enrollments are briefly described. In Britain over 90 percent of students receive financial aid, compared to about 50 percent in the United States. Aid to British students takes two main forms: mandatory government grants to eligible students enrolled in approved courses, and discretionary awards given to students not qualifying for mandatory awards. Fiscal problems in both countries may mean continuing pressure to reduce funding for student aid programs and thus restrict access to college. The proposed changes in the British student grants system and the reimposition of tuition would mark a departure from the tradition of free or highly-subsidized tuition. In the United States, a recent Reagan administration plan would bar access to loans for many middle-income students. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Career Choice, Change Strategies, Debt (Financial), Federal Aid, Financial Policy, Financial Problems, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Grants, Higher Education, Loan Repayment, Low Income Groups, Middle Class Students, Parent Financial Contribution, Resource Allocation, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
American Council on Education, Division of Policy Analysis and Research, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1193 ($8.00, nonmembers; $5.00, members).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States