The Sutton Trust surveyed young people on their hopes for higher education, in our annual university aspirations polling through Ipsos MORI.
2,612 young people aged 11-16 in England and Wales, along with 269 in Scotland, were asked about their aspirations and worries for higher education, exploring their attitudes to tuition fees and student debt. This year’s poll shows a falling trend in likelihood of university attendance and an increase in financial concerns.
- The Government should reform the student funding system, means-testing fees so poorer students face lower costs and graduate debt, along with restoring maintenance grants.
- The Government should ensure that students get a fair deal on repayment – with the repayment threshold index linked again, coupled with lower interest rates.