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Is the cost of university too high?
New university students should expect to owe 23,500 pounds at graduation, the 2009 Push Student Debt Survey shows.
By contrast, students who started university in 2008 can expect to owe nearly 21,200 pounds at graduation.
Teenagers receiving A-level results on Thursday will be particularly concerned as some sources of income have been drying up while debt rises, Push suggests.
About 80 percent of students rely on part-time or holiday jobs to supplement their income by an average of 2,000 pounds a year, the study says.
With data from the Department for Children, Schools and Families published in the Guardian showing that one in six young people in England aged 18 to 24 are now classified as “neets” — not in education employment or training — the increase in costs for students raises new worries.
A total of 835,000 young people, 100,000 more than this time last year, are classified as neets.
Is it worth spending this kind of money and graduating in debt for a university education?