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Less than one-third of secondary school pupils preparing for UK university entry understand the fees system for higher education, new research has shown.
A survey by the Sutton Trust revealed that 31 per cent of those questioned realised that the money used to cover costs is borrowed from the government and repaid once they earn over a certain salary.
More than one-fifth stated that family members must come up with the funds, while one-tenth said that a young person would pay with money they earned before doing a degree.
Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, noted: "Our survey reveals widespread misunderstanding of the new fees system among school pupils."
The survey also revealed that 80 per cent of those aged between 11 and 16 years of age believe it is likely they will go to university, something Sir Peter said was welcome news.
Minister for universities and science David Willetts recently welcomed the formation of a new taskforce set up to ensure those applying for higher education are aware of how the system operates.
Posted by Keith Broomer
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