The Role of Finance in the Decision-making of HE Applicants and Students

Findings from the Going into HE Study

Usher T, Baldwin S, Munro M, Pollard E, Sumption F | Research Paper 9 | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Dec 2009

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This report summarises findings from the Going into HE research project. From the outset, the aim was to develop a clear understanding of:

  • the role and importance of finance in the decision-making process of English-domiciled people from different groups who were considering entering full-time Higher Education (HE) in the UK
  • the impact of the support arrangements on their decisions.

When taken alongside quantitative studies on HE participation and student finances, also published by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the qualitative research presented here contributes to an overall assessment of student finance arrangements and was designed to help to inform future developments.