Cost-of-Living Crisis Could Lead to Rise in University Dropout Rates, Warns Universities UK Chief

The chief executive of Universities UK (UUK), Vivienne Stern, has warned that dropout rates among students could rise as a result of the cost-of-living crisis. Stern stated that it would be a “tragedy” if students felt they had to quit their higher education courses because they were unable to afford to make ends meet while studying. Many students are taking on extra hours in part-time jobs to support their studies, and this is an issue affecting more students from different backgrounds than seen before. Stern also stated that parents are unable to help out their children financially as they themselves are facing financial pressures. UUK has called on the government to do more to help universities in turn support students, such as providing targeted Government hardship funding for UK students and ensuring that support is protected against inflation.

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