Student Financing, Opportunity Growth, and Equity In Access to Higher Education; A Czech-Dutch Comparative Study of Student Support Systems

32 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009

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Tomas Konecny

Czech National Bank (CNB); CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)

Petr Mateju

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic - Institute of Sociology

Date Written: August 11, 2009

Abstract

This article explores the possible effects of student financing on the development of inequalities in access to higher education. Though it is recognized that financial issues like tuition fees and student support are only a few among the many factors that influence student choice and access, financial policies are an important instrument that can influence student choice. This article analyzes the impact of financial conditions on higher education participation among students from different socio-economic backgrounds by comparing the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. These are two countries with important similarities and differences in education systems, student financing and participation patterns in higher education. It is found that the context of steadily increasing tuition fees, accompanied by an efficient student support system (the case of the Netherlands), does not generate inequalities in access, whereas a tuition free system accompanied by mainly indirect (parent-based) student support did not manage to reduce high inequalities in participation after the fall of the communist regime in the Czech Republic.

Keywords: higher education, student support system, inequality, access to education

JEL Classification: D61, D63

Suggested Citation

Konecny, Tomas and Mateju, Petr, Student Financing, Opportunity Growth, and Equity In Access to Higher Education; A Czech-Dutch Comparative Study of Student Support Systems (August 11, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1447330

Tomas Konecny (Contact Author)

Czech National Bank (CNB) ( email )

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CZ-11503 Praha 1
Czech Republic

CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute) ( email )

Politickych veznu 7
Prague 1, 111 21
Czech Republic

HOME PAGE: http://www.cerge-ei.cz

Petr Mateju

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic - Institute of Sociology ( email )

Jilska 1
Prague 1
Prague 1, Prague 160 00
Czech Republic

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