Student Prostitution: Are fee rises really to blame?

Although students are very much aware of the price of their degree when they begin, they aren’t required to pay it back for aslong as it takes them to earn over £21,000. Moreover, a student would have to earn over £41,000 for 30 years to pay off their entire loan within the new guidelines.

Several recent reports have looked into the link between the rise in tuition fees and the number of students turning to prostitution but is this really the case?

The maintenance loan (the portion of the loan to cover living costs) actually remains unchanged. Therefore students have no less money to live on than previous attendees.

Why are recent headlines declaring the education system has a prostitution dilemma on its hands?

The rise in living costs maybe to blame. The Daily Telegraph recently conducted a study regarding the real cost of living in which it examined how much the cost of living had actually gone up in recent years. They found that overall the cost of living had gone up by more than 9.5% however when examining the break down of items within the living cost index is it apparent that not many of these areas would be of particular issue to the average student.

According to the report, an average food shop had only risen by around 30p.

…and several household bills, although several not particularly relevant to students had only risen by around £3.00.
This therefore begs the question, how have students been left so out of pocket that they would be “forced” into the world of prostitution?
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One thought on “Student Prostitution: Are fee rises really to blame?

  1. Some good linking – but you also need to link to the grounds for your statement a “student would have to earn over £41,000 for 30 years to pay off their entire loan within the new guidelines.”

    You make a good start on the question but don’t answer it. You should at least outline how you might progress with this in a further post. Some areas to explore:
    – Talk to one of the people in the department that produces stats on living costs (there are few: the Retail Price Index and Consumer Prices Index are the main ones used by government) and get a quote from them on how students’ costs of living might be drawn from those (i.e. which costs do they have and not have)
    – Talk to students to find out what they actually spend money on, and how the costs of those items have changed (this is a good example of gathering raw data – you could also simply stand in a supermarket near a university and watch what students buy and/or talk to them there: a good opportunity for some multimedia)
    – Do both! (probably speak to the expert second when you have some data to put to them)

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