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Student perceptions of the impact of bursaries and institutional aid on their higher education choices and the implications for the National Scholarship Programme in England

Callender, Claire and Wilkinson, David (2013) Student perceptions of the impact of bursaries and institutional aid on their higher education choices and the implications for the National Scholarship Programme in England. Journal of Social Policy, 42 (2). pp. 281-308. ISSN 0047-2794. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Variable tuition fees and bursaries, funded by higher education institutions, were introduced in England to promote student choice and provider competition, while bursaries would off-set higher fees and safeguard access. Both are central to government reforms of student funding since 2004. This article assesses student perceptions of the impact of bursaries on their higher education decisions and choices, and considers the implications for the 2012/13 National Scholarship Programme. It concludes that most students do not think their choices are affected by bursaries although those who: are cost-conscious; expect to receive higher bursaries especially of £1,000 or more; and attend Russell Group universities are more likely to think bursaries are influential and important. The reconfiguration of institutional aid from 2012/13 may overcome some perceived barriers to this financial support’s effectiveness, but is likely to exacerbate others, and create new impediments and inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Student funding, financial support, bursaries, institutional aid, National Scholarship Programme, student choices
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:05
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:59
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