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This article presents the results of are search based on a sample survey, random survey questionnaire, carried out on the overall population of first-year students of the University of Rzeszow following first-cycle and long-cycle programmes. The aim of this article was to identify cultural and social factors determining the use of private tutoring services by the surveyed students. The University of Rzeszow is the largest public institution of higher education in the south-eastern part of Poland and educates students in 13 faculties. This research has provided interesting insights into the discussion on the development of informal education in the form of additional, paid lessons in Central and Eastern Europe and their impact on the formal education system functioning in the countries of this part of Europe.
Keywords: System of education, cultural capital, private tutoring, higher education.
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