The distribution of student loans and grants: comparing the long-term financial impact of more targeted and more universal systems of student funding

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28 November, 12-1 pm (Conference room 2.15, Chrystal Macmillan Building)

Lucy Hunter Blackburn (School of Education, University of Edinburgh)

 

The distribution of student loans and grants: comparing the long-term financial impact of more targeted and more universal systems of student funding

Lucy is currently in the final year of a PhD  studying the relationship between family income and how much ex-students have to pay back to government after taking part in higher education. Her research examines how far different decisions on “free tuition” in Scotland and Wales are associated with different distributions of total borrowing by end of course, according to family income, and how the actual repayments of those who started from lower income backgrounds are likely to compare to those starting from higher income ones. The research contributes to the wider debate about the relative merits of universalism and targeting, or means-testing, in public services, as a way of reducing inequality.


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