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Author(s):Foley, K
Title:Why stop after high school?: A descriptive analysis of the most important reasons that high school graduates do not continue to PSE
Organization:Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
Short Description:This paper uses data from Statistics Canada’s School Leavers Survey (SLS) and School Leavers Follow-up Survey (SLF) to examine the reasons why some high school graduates do not pursue post-secondary education (PSE).
Annotation:This paper uses data from Statistics Canada’s School Leavers Survey (SLS) and School Leavers Follow-up Survey (SLF) to examine the reasons why some high school graduates do not pursue post-secondary education (PSE). The majority of individuals in the SLS reported a non-financial reason rather than a financial reason as the most important reason for not pursuing PSE. This does not mean that these individuals did not also face financial barriers, but rather that they viewed other barriers as more important. The most commonly reported non-financial reasons included “wanting to take some time off from studying,” “couldn’t decide what to do,” and “no interest in pursuing further education.” Being able to afford PSE will doubtless continue to pose a hurdle for young people; the evidence of this paper suggests, however, that in many cases there are other hurdles to be overcome first.
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