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ERIC Number: ED451372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85338-645-6
Lifelong Learning: Is There a Logic for Loans? The Agency Reports.
Fletcher, Mick
This document explores the feasibility of loans to support English adults engaging in lifelong learning. The following topics are considered: (1) the policy context (loans in higher education, individual learning accounts, and education maintenance allowances); (2) the need for financial support; (3) attitudes toward loans; (3) financial advice, financial literacy, and knowledge about the impact of debt; (4) the returns on investment in academic and vocational learning; and (5) the costs of participation. The following conclusions are reached: (1) it seems unlikely that loans will have any role in supporting students under the age of 19; (2) it is doubtful whether loans should play a significant role in supporting learners to access programs below level 3; (3) for programs at level 3 or above, the evidence about returns on investment suggests that borrowing to finance learning could be to an individual's benefit; (4) current fees in public sector part-time courses are well below the rate at which potential students seem to look to formal loan arrangements; and (5) loans would be most likely to contribute to lifelong learning in circumstances where a combination of fees and other participation costs is substantial and the program offers the prospect of high returns to students. (MN)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)