Higher University fees putting off poorer applicants

University education is a strange thing. When it was worth something they paid you to have it, but now that it can be worthless they charge you a fortune for it.

When I was a fresh-faced undergraduate I got a student grant for my living expenses and asking me to pay for the tuition I received would have been as laughable as leaving the student bar early.

When I moved into private accommodation the state paid me Housing Benefit and even Unemployment Benefit during the summer holiday. In fact if I went away during the summer I could send a postcard from my holiday destination so that I didn’t have the inconvenience of making the trip back to the local dole office.

Now, of course things are very different and students faced with £9,000 per year tuition fees and £9,000 loans for living expenses end up with debts approaching £60,000 by the time they graduate.

At the same time so many youngsters are pushed into higher education that the premium attached to it has been so diluted they are happy to get any kind of job that is a step up from those that left school at 16 with poorer qualifications.

All of these changes were brought in by Governments who said the lack of funding would do nothing to deter poorer students for making that step into higher education. Well now statistics have been released by the Department of Education that show just the opposite is happening, which should really surprise nobody.

So as more and more financial pain has been heaped on students proportionally fewer pupils from comprehensives make the journey to education than their counterparts in private schools.

The figures show six years ago 68% of comprehensive school A-level pupils went onto Higher education, whereas now the figure is 60%. In contrast 82% of private school A-level pupils used to get into university, but now the figure has risen to 85%. Something else Nick Clegg can be proud of.

The can see a link to the figures here and how the stats were reported in the Sun below.

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