Young people need to be equipped with the necessary skill set to help them cope with the financial side of university.
This is the opinion of Tracey Bleakley – chief executive of the financial education charity Pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) – who noted heading off to a learning centre is the biggest financial decision they have to make.
She was speaking after research by Which? discovered 77 per cent of the 699 students questioned are keen to limit the amount of debt they incur when in university.
This is unsurprising considering the increase in tuition fees from the 2012 academic year, when universities will charge up to £9,000 a year to attend.
Ms Bleakley thinks the only way to prepare youngsters for third-tier learning is to introduce high quality financial education into the school environment.
"[It] gives prospective students the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make this important decision about their future," she added.