Increasing university income from home and overseas students: what impact for social mobility?

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Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics
Sutton Trust
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1 September 2010
Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This paper describes a basic analysis of the two most likely options that universities in England have of generating more income from student financial contributions in the future. These are, firstly,  raising contributions (or fees) from home (UK and European Union) students, and secondly,  expanding numbers of international (non-EU) students who already pay full and unregulated fees. The question posed is what implication these possible income streams have for social mobility -- ie the future enrolment of underprivileged or non-privileged home students in the country’s leading research universities and in higher education in general.