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ERIC Number: ED476441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 28
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Impact on Student Demand of Tuition Fees and Changes in Higher Education Student Support. A Literature Review.
Brown, Nigel; Clark, Tony
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) commissioned a review of the available literature on the impact of the introduction of means-tested contributions to tuition fees for full-time undergraduates from 1998-1999. The overall objective was to provide evidence to assist the HEFCE's ongoing assessment of future levels of student demand for higher education and the scope for increasing demand through widening access. Evidence was sought about: (1) the propensity of young people to enter higher education and the factors affecting that propensity; (2) evidence about student hardship; and (3) evidence about nonpayment of fees and dropout. The literature about the impact of new financial support arrangements for students in higher education, including the introduction of the means-tested contribution to tuition fees, remains limited. It is only 3 years since the new arrangements were introduced, and the first full cohort of graduates with income contingent loans at the new substantially higher level will only start repayments next April. In spite of the shortcomings in the literature available, findings generally suggest that costs and potential benefits are two among several factors affecting decisions by those in the lowest socioeconomic groups on whether to enter higher education. Given the evidence that there is reluctance on the part of some young people to meet some of their costs by taking out substantial loans, it would seem that part of the solution should be to replace some of the loans by grants. For institutions, the task is to provide ways of ensuring that potential students are aware of what the institution can offer. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)