Fees, debt and spending
I get a daily email from the BBC which includes their education stories of the moment. Over the last week or so, there have been three stories which individually caught my eye:–
- Prospective students under-estimate post-university debt
- Students have more gadgets than they used to
- Fewer students from state schools and poorer homes
None of these stories is especially startling in their own right; under–estimating future debt is a widespread problem, not just a student one. Large swathes of the population own more gadgets than they used to, at least in part because there just are more gadgets than there used to be, and they're cheaper than they used to be. And it would be odd if fear of future debt didn't deter at least some people from applying to university. But it's interesting that there have been three stories in just over a week about higher education on the BBC news site, and they're all, in one way or another, about cost. Is this going to be the dominant topic for the foreseeable future?
One other oddity about the reporting; the story about under–estimating debt has been on the BBC web site before:–
Slow news day?