This major research project by The Strategic Society, supported by The Pearson Think Tank, Pearson College and Universities UK, explores whether young people are deterred from going to university by financial costs.
Exploiting large-scale longitudinal datasets, analysis will identify the factors that determine whether potential students are wary of the financial costs of university. Research will then explore the characteristics of this group at age 13, and how their experiences shape their subsequent attitudes. It will also explore who in this group does not go on to university, who does, and why?
This research aims to represent a major leap forward in the evidence base for policymakers seeking to ameliorate the potential negative effects on university participation and social mobility of the increase in the tuition fee cap to £9000, aiding both the targeting and design of policy.