When planning your course, recognise that financial obstacles are the most commonly reported obstacles to study for first in family students. For example, order the cheaper textbook or make a reader; include tips about how to study cheaply and where students can receive financial help in course outlines.
Some Student Comments
Financial difficulties - I have always had very well paying jobs. Now I earn nothing and feel guilty that I don't contribute to household expenses.
Financial difficulties. I have significantly slowed and with a possibility of stopping work for the rest of the year to focus on my studies.
I have considered giving it up because of Financial issues, I was offered a full time job while doing my studies, and I declined due to the stress that would become associated with juggling full time work and part time studies, I had done it before without success.
I gave serious consideration as to the cost of a degree. I am single, one average wage, children to support, a mortgage on my house, the burden of a debt hanging over my shoulder, was just too great. It's very difficult to do this alone, possibly the most difficult of circumstances.