Costs and Constraints
In this chapter, we focus on the costs and constraints around university study as discussed by the students across the two previous projects (Brinkworth et al. in Student and staff expectations and experiences, Final Report. Office for Learning and Teaching Final Report, Canberra, 2013; King et al. in Exploring the experience of being first in family at university: a 2014 student equity in higher education research grants project, 2014). Southgate et al. (Critical Stud Educ 58:242–260, 2017) suggest there are often close links around costs and constraints, making it difficult to identify the differences between them, stating: ‘Financial hardship could affect social opportunities and feelings of belonging and sometimes created a stressful, even demeaning, university experience’ (p. 251). In this chapter, we perpetuate the notion of linked elements around costs and constraints but where constraints or costs may be identified as discrete elements we discuss them separately.
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