Scottish Student Income and Expenditure Survey

Funded by: Scottish Executive


May 2004 to June 2005

PSI researchers:

David Wilkinson

Sandra Vegeris

Karen Mackinnon

Background, summary and aims

This study has the following aims and objectives:

  • To collect comprehensive data on the income, expenditure debt and financial hardship of a nationally representative sample of full-time undergraduate students studying in Scotland and attending publicly funded HE and FE Institutions during the academic year 2004/05,
  • To map current student funding support arrangements in Scotland,
  • To collect data on transitions between the FE and HE sectors,
  • to examine how the two financial support systems articulate with each other,
  • to identify any differences in the distribution of income, expenditure, debt and financial hardship, between students with different socio-economic characteristics, pursuing diverse courses of study,
  • to examine students' understanding of the systems of student support in the HE and FE sectors with recognition being given to the different systems,
  • to explore the impact, if any, of the financial support systems on students' educational choices and behaviour,
  • to identify the characteristics of those students most -at risk' of experiencing low income, debt and financial hardship.

Related publications / project outputs

Higher and further education student income, expenditure and debt in Scotland