UNITED KINGDOM

Cost pressures: 1 in 4 students ‘more likely to drop out’

Nearly one in four students in the United Kingdom say they are less likely to finish their degree as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, a survey suggests, writes Eleanor Busby for the Independent.

More than three in five (63%) students are spending less on food and essentials this academic year as a result of increases in the cost of living, according to a Sutton Trust report. Over a quarter (28%) of students say they have skipped meals to save on food costs, and students from working-class families (33%) were more likely to report skipping meals than their peers, the survey found.

The social mobility charity is calling on the government to review the amount of support available to students so they can afford to take part in courses. The survey, of 1,050 current undergraduate students across the UK carried out by Savanta between 13 and 17 January this year, suggests 24% of students are less likely to complete their degree due to the cost-of-living crisis.
Full report on the Independent site