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Family Background and University SuccessDifferences in Higher Education Access and Outcomes in England$
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Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, John Micklewright, and Anna Vignoles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689132.001.0001

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How is University Teaching Funded in England?

How is University Teaching Funded in England?

(p.35) 3 How is University Teaching Funded in England?
Family Background and University Success

Claire Crawford

Lorraine Dearden

John Micklewright

Anna Vignoles

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 lays out, as simply as possible, the essential details of the system of funding university teaching in England, and in particular the major changes that have occurred in the last 10–15 years—notably the new fees and income-contingent loans to cover both fees and living costs. The situation is then compared with that in the rest of the UK and in other rich industrialized countries in Europe and elsewhere, showing England to be unusual. The chapter shows how financial support for students varies for young people with different levels of parental income. It then looks at the financial consequences for graduates of the changes in the system, asking how much, across their working lives, will graduates be paying back in loan repayments? And how does the level of repayments vary—how much will graduates with high lifetime earnings repay and what about graduates who earn much less?

Keywords:   Tuition fees, debt, income contingent loans, higher education, England

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