Student Debt, Higher Education Participation and Intermediate Skills Development
We aim to learn more about how student attitudes to debt affect decisions to enter HE, or take up alternative education and employment options, such as studying part-time, taking intermediate-level qualifications, and combining such studies with apprenticeship training. All these options are of interest to policy-makers because they may encourage more employers to provide financial support and/or apprentice training to well qualified young people.
The main data source for the project will be a survey of sixth form students and FE college students who are currently studying towards qualifications which give them the potential to enter HE. The results from this survey will be compared with findings from a similar survey undertaken in 2002-03.