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Fees deter the poorest students

Issue No. 1830

TWO IN three young people who decide against going to university cite fear of debt as the reason.

A new study by Professor Claire Callender of South Bank University found that would-be students from the poorest backgrounds are most likely to be put off. And this is before top-up fees could be introduced.

Pupils from private schools are 20 times more likely to go to university than students from further education colleges. But although private school pupils are more likely to go to university, their university results are not in line with the A-levels that got them there, says another study.

It suggests private schools successfully get their pupils through A-levels, but that university study is more likely to reflect aptitude. University students who went to private schools get paid £5,000 a year more on average than ordinary students when they leave college and get a job. Class and money continue to dominate access to higher education and its outcome, no matter what talents individuals may have.

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Sat 14 Dec 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1830
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