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Detered by debt? Young people, schools and the escalating costs of UK higher education. / Ceryn Evans

Journal of Youth Studies, Volume: 21, Issue: 9, Pages: 1267 - 1282

Swansea University Author: Evans, Ceryn

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Abstract

Popular commentaries lament that reforms to the financing ofHigher Education (HE) in the UK will operate as a significantdeterrent to HE participation amongst students from lessadvantaged backgrounds. This view of debt as a deterrent ispowerful and exists not only at a societal level, but also, as w...

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Published in: Journal of Youth Studies
ISSN: 1367-6261 1469-9680
Published: 2018
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Abstract: Popular commentaries lament that reforms to the financing ofHigher Education (HE) in the UK will operate as a significantdeterrent to HE participation amongst students from lessadvantaged backgrounds. This view of debt as a deterrent ispowerful and exists not only at a societal level, but also, as weshow, is present in schools. Our data reveal, however, that these‘debt commentaries’ play out very differently across schoolsaccording to the nature of their catchment and the sorts of viewsstaff hold about pupils in relation to their fear of debt.Furthermore, students’ views on debt largely contradict thesepopular ‘debt-as-deterrent’ narratives and instead are oftencharacterised by acceptance, ambivalence and at times positiveorientations towards the prospect of debt. These findings vividlyilluminate both the regional and institutional specificity of staffand student decision making in relation to ‘debt’, hence they havesubstantial implications for HE funding policy specifically anddebates about widening participation in HE more generally, whereensuring greater equity in the scope of choices young peoplehave when it comes to choosing a university is a pressing concern.
Keywords: yonug people, higher education, debt, discourse
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 9
Start Page: 1267
End Page: 1282