University dropout rates reach new high, figures suggest

The number of students not completing a university course in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is up to its highest recorded level, figures suggest, writes Julia Bryson for BBC News.

The Student Loans Company said there had been a 28% rise over five years in students who signed up for a loan before dropping out of a course. The number went from 32,491 in 2018-19 to 41,630 in 2022-23 – a rise of 9,139. By comparison, the number of students enrolling on degrees in the United Kingdom rose by almost 11% between 2018-19 and 2021-22.

These figures are from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, and include all UK universities. It found the total number enrolling in a first degree increased by 5% from 2019-20, then by 8% in 2020-21, and decreased by 2% in 2021-22 – a total percentage change of 10.9%. Figures show most students who are eligible take out student finance to pay for tuition fees or living costs.
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