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Information, expectations and transition to higher education

Investigates how differences in information about the availability of financial aid, university admission requirements, academic ability and the labour market returns to a university degree can explain difference in higher education participation by socio-economic status (SES). Notes that information about awareness of the available financial aid affects students’ perceived likelihood of applying to university, particularly for low-SES students. Finds that low-SES may lack information about requirements for university admission; students react to information about their academic ability; and that providing information about returns to university education makes parents’ expectations about earnings more accurate. Suggests that repeated feedback about students’ ability might help fill the information gap between low and high-SES students about what determines success at school, especially for girls.


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Delavande, Adeline; Fumagalli, Laura
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Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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