Students’ Perceptions of Tuition Fees: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Galvin, J. and Nieuwenhuis, Marlon and Phillips, Bethan and Thain, Lynsey and Kokkori, Christina (2015) Students’ Perceptions of Tuition Fees: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 10 (2). pp. 1-15. ISSN 22780998

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Abstract

Aims: In light of the changes to tuition fees introduced by the UK government in 2010, the present study aimed to gain a deeper understanding of how students perceive their tuition fees.

Methodology: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to gain a deeper understanding of students’ perceptions of tuition fees.

Results: Two superordinate themes describing the fairness of tuition fees and the impact of the change in legislation on perceptions emerged from the analysis. In addition, findings revealed that a lack of knowledge regarding tuition fees appears to increase stress in the students.

Conclusion: The findings of this study indicated that more responsibility should lie with institutions to educate their students about their finances, with possible benefits for student wellbeing and satisfaction. We also draw caution to policy and structural changes within universities that may
occur to meet the increasing demands of students.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
UoA Collections > UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: Silvio Aldrovandi
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 10:06
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 10:06
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4679

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